A little bit more complicated than usual. These are adjustable back country poles. I would like to be able to adjust the length on the fly... Unfortunately, the bend part is interfering with the length adjustment. Right now, it wouldn't collapse or lengthen freely.
I've had it for a few years without any issue. I don't know how it happened. But after skiing for about a week, when it comes time to collapse the poles to fly home, one of them wouldn't collapse. In a hurry, I just left it as is.
When I got home, I inspect it and, although it's not all that obvious, I can see a very slight bend in the middle section (of a 3 section pole), and feel the resistant when the bend part hits the upper section. So it wouldn't go up to the top section. It also stops the bottom section from sliding into the middle too.
While I can use it as is, but I need to adjust the length when I'm in deep snow in the back country. That's the reason I have the adjustable poles in the first place.
Any suggestion would be welcomed on how to straighten a very mild bend that's just preventing the poles to be adjust up and down.