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New To Trekking Poles?

Posted by Brandon H. on

If you are new to Trekking Poles, try thinking of them as two extra legs. When you use these helpful hiking/walking tools, you can hike faster, safer and for long distances. A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine showed that using trekking poles helped reduce pressure on your knees by up to 25 percent! If this has piqued your interest in Trekking Poles, fortunately, they're relatively easy to use. Here are some tips and suggestions to help get you on your way.

Alternating Poles and Legs
Many users use trekking poles quickly and fall into the rhythm of planting the opposing trekking pole in time with the opposite foot. If you lose this rhythm, don't worry; just keep walking and start planting the poles again as soon as you're ready.

 

Double Planting Your Poles
Sometimes you will find that you need to plant both poles simultaneously and then take two steps, plant both poles again and continue. This is an effective hiking approach on steep climbs or descents where you need the stability of having both poles down at the same time.

 

Remember To Walk Naturally
Remember when using your trekking poles to walk naturally and maintain your natural arm swing. Your poles should be angled slightly behind you, so you can push off to aid your forward movement when you plant them.

 

How To Handle Tough Obstacles
 
Stream and Rivers: Trekking poles provide stability when wading through water. Make sure when planting your pole in the water, it is secure on the bottom before moving forward.

Large Rocks: For navigating large rocks, use your poles to give you a helpful push. Plant both of your poles into the ground and as you step up on the rock, push on the poles to get you onto the rock.

Logs: To stay safe while stepping over a log, plant the poles in the ground and use them for stability.

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