[Edited 9/22/2018] Switched to string instead of bungee cord. The string helped eliminate the sideways bounce.

[Edit 9/16/2018 Switched to solid PVC. The threads were not strong in the foam core PVC. I also cut a larger hole for the rope.]

Here is a design for a PVC Pylon tracking camera mount that works better than any I have ever used. Slade Cole came to ski with me and brought one that he built for his tablet, and extra types of cameras. His worked very well.

I wanted to condense his design somewhat and present to everyone, so they could easily put one together for themselves with parts and pieces cheaply accessible.

This device can be used with plain ski rope attached to the pylon. The device will need to be lifted two inches while changing rope. However, I like to use a switch section with a piece of shock tube and carabiner. Two big advantages of this are: 1) It makes the loop you are skiing visible to the camera. And 2) More easily change line lengths. I remove the 41 off loop from my ropes to compensate. The 41 off loop can be attached to the start of the rope and used as a cinch when transporting the coiled rope.

I drilled the two holes with a hole saw, that turned out to be a little bit too small. It works fine for me, since I use the switch rope. This can easily be cut out with a regular saw if you do not have access to a hold saw. You basically need room for your fingers while leaving some support on the two sides.

Mounting the camera can be done with various types of mounts in the holes in the snap-in drain. The choices on Ebay are almost infinite. Start searching for GoPro type mounts, and you will be led to many.

The bottom three thumb screw can be used to reduce free spin and the top three used just to center plumb pipe. Some skiers might need more or less resistance on the bottom three thumb screws.

Most plumbers and electricians throw away short pieces of PVC pipe. White drain pipe and gray electric conduit work equally well.

Materials needed:
• About 20 inch piece of 3 inch PVC pipe.
• 3 inch Snap-in drain.
• 10 inch bolt and nuts (or threaded rod). This could be covered with vinyl tube to smooth it up.
• 6 in corner brace. (I used a locking slide from a garage door.)
• 6 nylon 1/4 inch thumb screws. (Grainger sells 10 pack for $2.58.)
• 3 inch piece of foam pipe insulation. (This goes around bolt inside pipe. See picture.)
• 1 foot of bungee cord.

 

 
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