Hike: fixing a gossamer gear trekking pole with a screw extractor


Huge thanks to @matthew for this tip. But someone who shall remain nameless accidentally stepped on their gossamer gear trekking pole and the bottom third snapped leaving part of it inside the telescoping system. This thing has a friction fit joint.

And while Gossamer gear has an awesome repair site to get the lower piece I coils my figure out how to unscrew the inner.

The answer is there is this thing called a screw extractor. It is a gizmo which is reverse threaded. You shove it into a stripped screw and then you can get it out.

In this case we needed a thick one. More than 5mm from Irwin Hanson and you just screw it in counterclockwise and then rotate and it’s out!

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