Below are a couple different ways to use your PoleClinometer. In all cases you need to hold your ski pole lightly from the top of the grip in such a way that it hangs freely. This is your vertical reference. If the pole isn’t hanging vertically, then your inclination reading won’t be accurate!
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From the Side (Sighting Across the Slope)
In this case, look for the lines in the PoleClinometer that appear to match the angle of the slope. In the image shown here, the angle of the slope appears to be about half way between the angles of the lines marked “30” and “35”, so the slope angle is somewhere around 32 or 33 degrees.
From the Top (Sighting Down the Slope)
In this case, make sure your line of sight matches the angle of the slope, and then look for the lines in the PoleClinometer that appear least curved. In the image shown here, the line marked “30” is curved slightly up, while the line marked “35” is curved slightly down, to about an equal degree, so the slope angle is somewhere around 32 or 33 degrees.
Other Methods of Use + Tips & Tricks
Above are the two most common ways that you’re likely to use your PoleClinometer, but they’re certainly not the only ways it can be used. Look for descriptions of additional PoleClinometer use modes to appear on this page in the not-too-distant future, along with some general tips and tricks for getting good accurate readings.