More here on the story behind the picture:
One more.....a local guide in Chamonix using a rather unusual ski pole. Any ideas on who makes them? Edit: Thanks everyone for the info....theirweb site is: http://www.a2-16.com/
Again thank you for sourcing these for me! Their website is http://www.a2-16.com/
Now looking for someone who will ship to the US. But will likely just make my own later today.
Brilliant idea here I think. Another one where simple is better and in this case much more user friendly.