The Very Brief History of PoleClinometer®
My name is Grayson King. I’m an engineer and an avid backcountry skier, and I invented PoleClinometer in the Spring of 2014. I launched via Kickstarter in December 2014, and PoleClinometer slope meters have been selling online to a worldwide audience since 2015. I obtained a patent (US9668552) for the technology, granted summer of 2017. In fall of 2017 I licensed PoleClinometer production and distribution to the good folks at Garage Grown Gear, who have also been the #1 retailer for PoleClinometer slope meters from pretty early on. My company, SnoWander LLC, maintains all rights and responsibilities for all things relating to PoleClinometer.
Here’s a great back-story article that’s worth a read…
All About Avalanche Awareness
The goal of PoleClinometer is to help people stay safe in the mountains. By making it quicker & easier than ever to read slope angles accurately, I hope the product will improve folks’ awareness of terrain as they travel through it, and ultimately lead to more informed decisions and improved avalanche safety.
But of course inclination is just one piece of the puzzle, and education is where it all comes together. Your brain is the best tool you have for staying safe in the mountains, so take the time to sharpen that tool with top-notch training!
SnoWander Snowflake Logo
What better logo than an image of a real snowflake? The SnoWander snowflake (click image here for higher res version) was photographed by famed Vermont photomicrographer Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley in the late 1800s or early 1900s. These Original Wilson Bentley Images are all public domain works, and are just a small sample of the more than 5000 snowflakes Bentley photographed in his lifetime. And yes, no two are alike!
Big Hug to the Open Source Community!
I developed and maintain this website, wrote my patent application, created illustrations for both, keep the financial books for this project, and of course created the PoleClinometer sticker image itself, all using some fantastic free and mostly open source software tools. Here are the big ones that really made this possible:
WordPress: web development tool & CMS
GIMP: raster graphics editor
InkScape: vector graphics editor
Blender: 3D graphics tool
SketchUp: 3D modeling tool
Apache OpenOffice: office productivity software
Manager: bookkeeping/accounting software