Originally Posted by KevinF
How do you even get a pole grip off of the pole? I'd have thought that you needed a vice and a pipe wrench or something... two things I don't typically carry around with me when I go skiing.
Well, this was kind of my thing. I can understand thinking it's trash, and swiping the top part of the pole to remove the grip later-- but removal is never an easy process, in my experience. It usually involves a pot of boiling water and a slightly open door and a lot of tugging.
It might be that it was kind of loosened already, in the mishap. I wish I could illustrate. I was on the lift, by myself, sitting on my poles with the grips behind me. Time to get off, I lift my leg and pull out the poles but one won't come. I pull harder, and it really won't move. I realize that the strap had hooked onto something underneath the chair, and was totally stuck, but by this time I had to get off, and I was just focusing on not injuring myself, you know, with a pole stuck in between me and where I wanted to go. I'm not sure what happened, I did spin around backwards but I didn't fall. The pole went around the bullwheel still on the chair, but of course jammed into something or other and bent 90 degrees.
The liftie did a nice job of retrieving it, and offered to throw it away, but I decided I would just take it down and maybe keep part of it.
ANyway, perhaps the forces involved in all of that managed to loosen the grip? with that strap all stuck, and the force of a chairlift, and an immoveable object? I don't know.
Luckily I have another pole almost exactly like it, 5 or 6 years older, but same model and same size, just previous graphics, so there's that.