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New postby Fo_Sheezy » Sat May 10, 2003 6:00 pm

I know like a long time ago bamboo poles were used instead of fiberglass and sand pits instead of mats. So I have a question, 2 actually...where can I find pictures of people jumping on bamboo poles (for my own sick amusement) and what was so special about the bamboo poles they used...like can I just chop some bamboo from behind my house and jump with it? I know it had a pointy tip, but thats all. Did they even use a box thing back then??
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New postby Fo_Sheezy » Sat May 10, 2003 6:02 pm

oh, FYI...I want to jump with a bamboo pole! Not in meets or anything, but like in practice to fool around on; we already wear damn helmets :mad: so its not THAT big of a risk to fool around on some bamboo... :D
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New postby rainbowgirl28 » Sat May 10, 2003 6:22 pm

If you search for pole vault on eBay, there are almost always old pole vault pictures (of bamboo vaulters) for sale. Do that for about a month and save the pictures and you should see a bunch.

I have seen a few bamboo poles... they are thicker than you might think! But I dunno... I don't see why you couldn't try sand vaultng with a piece of bamboo... just wrap some tape around wherever you are going to grip.
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New postby ashcraftpv » Sun May 11, 2003 2:42 am

Fo_Sheezy wrote:we already wear damn helmets :mad: so its not THAT big of a risk to fool around on some bamboo... :D


That's exactly the wrong attitude to take when vaulting! Just because you are wearing a helmet, you're not invincible. You are still suceptible to injury, just that the likleyhood of you suffering a head trauma injury is decreased.
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interesting history

New postby ESSX » Sun May 11, 2003 7:51 am

Interesting history

In 1919 there was a US patent filed for the bamboo vaulting pole. How an organic product got a patent is unusual. :confused:

I loved jumping on Bamboo and you use to get them inside the roll of new carpet. I had one that bent just like a fiberglass pole. ON day I really penetrated on the pole, it really was bending and as I continued to use it. I eventually overstressed it and it broke on a jump, the top of the pole stabbed me in the upper lip and today I have to grow a mustache to cover the scar. GRIN :D
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New postby BrandoAZ » Sun May 11, 2003 7:09 pm

Ha! Thats what I would expect to happen if you used bamboo! :)
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