A new device that clips your compass to your walking pole has just launched on Kickstarter.
Your compass is much easier to see when clipped to your trekking pole, rather than hanging around your neck or in your pocket. That’s the premise behind the Compass Caddy, a new project launched on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
It’s the brainchild of Peter Knight, who began hill walking during childhood holidays in the Lake District and has since trekked in mountain ranges around the world. “I found myself neglecting to look at my compass because both hands were occupied with trekking poles” said Peter. “So I decided to do something about it”.
With the aid of a 3D printer, Peter’s ideas grew into a functional prototype that has been tested in the mountains of the UK, Nepal and the US. To move into production requires buying a plastic injection mould. Therefore, Peter has taken his idea to Kickstarter to try to raise £12,500 in 33 days.
The Compass Caddy clips your compass to the shaft of your walking pole, just below the handle, where it’s as easy to see as your watch. “The whole point is to make the compass accessible all the time” said Peter. The Caddy clips on (and off) quickly and easily, and holds the compass securely to the pole.
It fits most compasses and most trekking poles. “It’s designed to work with your existing equipment”, according to Peter. And the pole makes a useful pointing device to help you walk on – or take – a bearing. The Compass Caddy is intended to benefit mountain walkers, ramblers and anybody else who enjoys the great outdoors with the help of trekking poles.
Kickstarter campaigns run under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if the Compass Caddy project doesn’t reach its goal at the end of 33 days then it might be years before you’ll see it on the market. To make a pledge or for more information, click here.