After my disappointing walk and the painful problems that I got following this incident see:- DISAPPOINTMENT
I have decided that until I know things are back to normal I will have to take a pair or crutches with me into the hills , this brings its own problems ……..to start with they have to pack down small enough to fit into my ruck sack . Not a problem I thought until I tried to find some .a huge search on the all knowing Google brought up a huge selection, but there was only one “folding travelling pair” and as luck would have it I have already seen these and they might be alright for getting around in a hotel or from one room to the next but there is no way that they would last a trip coming down some fell on a rocky uneven path and at the cost of 80 of my hard earned pounds there was no way I was going to pay that out on the off chance that they would last the trip. And if I had to use them I know things would be bad.
No time for a rethink (smoke now comes from Mick’s ears).
What I decided on was to use my old and forgotten about spare pair and modify them using a few bits from an old Zimmer frame that was lying about.
All it involved was a cut on the long section, a small insert and a couple of those popper things:
Photo showing how they broke down (far too long)
Showing how small the newly modified crutch breaks down.
Close up showing the new joint.
After a test run or two up and down a local small hill, I think that these should do the job. And just to make things even better I got a standby set of crutches from the second hand shop for £5.00 so I still have a spare set so it means that my new singing / dancing cut down ones can live in my rucksack for the time being.
First walk , still need some work on how they fit on the ruck sack but it seems to work out ok .(taken on Long Crag.)