Thanks to Wooley12 for the awesome pole baskets! I took advantage of being snowed in yesterday to fabricate a pair of snowshoe crutches. My plow guy didn't arrive until 8pm, so I had plenty of powder in my yard and driveway to try 'em out.
My plan was to bolt the baskets onto a wooden dowel, which would then slip inside the lower tube of the crutch, secured by old outrigger pin that I had.
First, I removed the rubber crutch tip.
This is the jig I made for drilling the dowel.
Drilling the dowel...(not waxing the dolphin)
Threading the rod into the dowel.
Threading the basket onto the rod.
The assembled basket and shaft.
Inserted and pinned in lower tube.
Snowshoe "touring" in my yard.
I still haven't figured out whether I can do this two legged or not, but
I have a couple of configurations of knee and leg braces that I will try. A lot depends on the terrain, I'm sure. Packed trails are going to be much easier than deep snow. The 10" of powder we got yesterday was sweet!!
Gotta go dig out the car ; ski day tomorrow!!