Introduction: Ski Pole Inclinometer

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Print out the inclinometer ( and tape (packing tape, one piece of tape vertically, don’t wrap it because it’ll twist the image) to your ski pole for a quick reference guide. It should be 2" wide when it's printed out.

The problem with most inclinometers is there are in your pocket or your pack and hard to get to without at least some haste. There are also prone to breakage. This is not meant to replace those but only to be used when you think “I wonder what that slope is?” Now, you can check with some degree of accuracy and still keep on trucking.

Using the Inclinometer: Hold your pole up with the thumb and two fingers and let it plum and then sight across it to the slope.

If you want to pay $100 for one that straps onto your pole and also give you the temp or buy new $70 pole with this printed on it from the factory, you can still do that. But I’m frugal (my friends call me cheap).

I’ve been hoping that someone or some shop would take it and put their logo on it, get it made into a sticker and start giving them away (wouldn’t a logo look great on there?). If you do, please send me a hand full for me to spread around as a thank you for creating the file.

Contact me if you need it another file format or without the watermark.


GraysonK made it! (author)2014-12-09

Very clever idea Robanna! I loved the elegant simplicity of it when I stumbled across this last spring. But I'm afraid you missed a critical bit of geometry: When the sticker is wrapped around a pole, the 2D projection of your straight lines (i.e. what your eye sees) are no longer straight, and do NOT accurately represent the slope angle. Fortunately there's a fairly simple (if not immediately obvious) solution, and I've created a product based on it. Check it out:

Since your sticker was part of my inspiration to create PoleClinometer (I even reference your instructable on my "about" page) I'd be happy to send you a few PoleClinometer kits free of charge if you're interested. Please use the "contact" form on my website to reach me.

robanna (author)GraysonK2014-12-15

Hey Grayson,
That's awesome! Great improvement. I never really thought about the the curve it causes being wrapped since I was always just looking to get 'close.' I'll contact you through your website. Best of luck!

admanrocks (author)2010-05-15

 this is awesome!
I've been looking for something like this.
Maybe CAIC will make some stickers of these.

robanna (author)admanrocks2010-05-17

I contacted CAIC and never heard back :(

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