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6/4/12 8:58 P

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I find that for long days of trail walking, using poles continuously get my forearms pretty tired. So for much of the day, they are folded up and strapped to the side of my pack. But for steep downhills, river crossings or when the trail is especially slippery, they are invaluable and a real knee-saver with a heavy pack.

Some people in this thread have commented on the difficulty of operating twist-lock poles - twisting them hard enough for a secure lock can be tough to undo when the poles are wet. I have found a simple solution is to wrap an elastic band around the telescoping sections - makes a good grip, and the bands are to hand if you ever need to make an emergency field repair to any of your gear.

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would not go hiking without them. I use them up hill and down hill. Keeps the weight off your lower back. Not to mention knocking down spider web's and having a long reach to keep critters at bay!

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I've never used trekking poles and the guy at REI last time I was there thought I was weird with as often as I hike. lol

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Yes I have and often use my poles. I don't use them for flat hikes. I also rarely use them going up hill. I use them mostly going down trails to give me a sense of stability. When I step down off rocks especially.

The grips on my poles are adjusted to about chest level. But that depends on where I'm hiking too. Mine can be adjusted as necessary.

Oh, and I only use one of my poles. I have two, but haven't used both at the same time ever.

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6/1/12 9:10 A

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I have bad knees and use mine quite a bit. The ones I have collapse down to make them easier to transport - not sure what the TSA would think though.

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no... I have never used them

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Do they collapse down small enough to pack away? If so, then try to take them along. They will be helpful for the downhills especially, and if you have any knee issues, they will be very valuable.

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I recently bought some inexpensive poles and have only used them on more flat terrain. From what I am reading, I should be getting them out more often! My husband and I are taking a trip to Italy in the fall and some of that time will be spent hiking in the Dolomites. Sounds like I should find room for my poles in what little luggage I am taking...

Would you all agree?

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Wow, that is a trip of a lifetime! How wonderful to be able to do that one, do you have any pics up?

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I just hiked the Inca trail to Machu Piccu, and I had one pole. It helped immensely. The Inca trail is basically all stairs, so there are lots of stumbling/knee injury opportunities. For steep paths like that I would recommend at least one pole.

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Yesterday I used poles for the first time on a hike. Wow... it made a big difference, especially on descents. I felt more stable and less of a chance of stumbling or falling.

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My photo is in Valley of Fire State park in Nevada (between Las Vegas and Zion NP...) Thanks for the compliment!

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Lilo and Kayotic...thanks for both your replies. You have GREAT photos as your id's....where are they, if you don't mind me asking?

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I have poles. If going up or down a normal trail, I use them. They use the muscles in the arms, and this works the upper body more. They help with stability. I'm sold on the lightweight kind with a bit of shock absorber! They can be collapsed and tied to the pack when not in use, such as when scrambling up using hands. I will get the kind with the flip lock instead of the twist lock next time, though, as this feature can be a pain. One needs to be able to adjust the height without too much hassle, and twisting them hard enough to lock solidly can mean it's hard to un-twist them. It makes it faster (better aerobic workout) for me with much less danger of twisting a knee or ankle on descents.

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You will still need to be careful with your foot placements on the trickier parts of the trail, but the poles do help a lot, especially with taking some of the weight off the knees on those downhills.

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Thanks for the great information on hiking poles! I wound up having a meniscus tear repair after hiking up (and especially down) Mt. Cardigan in NH a number of years ago. I am desirous of making some hikes that are more difficult than I am likely in shapen enough for yet. Sounds like having poles could save my knees on the way down. This group is a great resource. emoticon

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emoticon Glad to have found this discussion. On our last hike to the bottom of High Falls (GA)there were a few steep rocky spots I thought a pole or poles might help. I have a grumpy ankle and worry about twisting or landing wrong on it and really think poles would help....this discussion has made that a YES and I'll be looking into what type pole to get!!!


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donr have any poles right now.its working out ok.I am going to buy some in the near future though when I hike the appalachian trail.

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I am going to buy some poles. Right now I have a walking stick that I made years ago. I love it and know I will love poles once I find a pair that I like and can afford.

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I am old school with a Diamon Willow I have had for over 10 years. We have jumped many a ravine, etc and has never let me down. I backpack the Grand Canyon and I see folks suffering everytime because they thought they didn't need a walking stick or poles.
After years of consideration I do hope to buy a pair of poles and hearing all the recommendations here are appreciated. A 6' walking stick does not fold up well but it is part of my hand when I am using it.

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It depends on where I'm going.

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They have helped me stay way from the surgeon's knife. I have bad ankles that twist easily and that is not fun on the trail by yourself. The Doctor wanted to do surgery but I have decided to stay way from it as long as possible. Thanks to the poles I have for 6 years.

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Gotta agree w/ veganhiker, I love my Black Diamond flip lock poles, they hold tight much better than the other poles I have used. I just hate it when a pole collapses on me!

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12/31/10 2:12 P

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Always at least 1 pole, 2 if no one is using the 2nd! It helps with stability, especially downhill. Any favorite brands out there?

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I hike with 2 Black Diamond flip-lock poles and will never hike without them again. I have terrible balance and a knee that will probably need surgery sooner than later. They really help.

Impossible standards just make life difficult.

Weight loss is a lot like hiking. Instead of looking up at the top of a hill/mountain and thinking I won't be able to do it, I just keep my eyes 5 ft. ahead of me and eventually, I'll make it to the top! Just like weight loss, if I look at the 66 pounds I need to lose, it is overwhelming. I'm just going to concentrate on 10 pounds at a time. Before I know it, I'll reach my goal!


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I started with a single pole years ago--it was great for downhills. Late, when the two pole set became popular I moved to them. I forget what brand they are, but I bought them at REI. They are great for stability etc. and I think they help on the uphill as well as the downhill. I suppose if I came to a scramble, I'd just tie them to my pack.

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I like to use a wooden pole from a tree not only for protection but it helps with balance. The length and girth depends on the person really. I am not that tall but I want my pole to be slightly above my head and thick enough not to break around 1 1/2 inches thick.



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Sounds like you're making progress! Good for you!

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I would also say that i suffer from a dodgy right knee and I have not noticed any difference in this since ditching the poles. I dont know if it is because i am getting fitter or that i am looking after myself better.

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I used to use poles every time i was out. But since i have been taking the light weight approach i have ditched them and to be truthfull with you i havent really missed them.

I was on quite a steep hill yesterday and i thought that i might struggle on the descent as i left my poles at home. Truthfully i think i managed the descent a lot quicker without them.

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Glad to hear he just needed a few stitches...it sounds like it could have ended much worse!

Definitely a good reminder to be properly equipped when going out there!

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Interesting incident this past weekend. I took my daughter to the Monitor Mud Buttes (Monitor, Alberta, Canada) for an afternoon of hiking. We both had proper footwear and trekking poles.

There was another family there and they tried to follow us down the exact same path we took into the buttes with no poles and cheap sneakers. I got to watch the husband bounce down the side of the hill, Wiley Coyote style, until he landed in a bleeding heap at the bottom. Nothing broken thankfully, but he needed stitches for sure. My daughter loaned him her poles and I helped him take an easier route back up so his wife could run him into town to the local hospital to get patched up.

If you're hiking steep grades with loose gravel or severely eroded soil, wear the right shoes/boots and use poles or you may be the next person in line for stitches!

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I love my Black Diamond telascopic hiking poles. With a spinal fusion and osteoarthritis I don't think I'd be able to hike without them. They help with balance and stability hence safety. I wouldn't hike the Rockies without them!

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8 maybe 10 years ago, I got my first Exerstrider walking poles...supposed to help weight loss. Never saw that, but they do increase a feeling of burn..

Then 2 yrs ago, go my first HIKING poles via Kimkomodo.com. I needed a pair that would break down into a suitcase. They have become my only hiking poles. NOT expensive, but I would NEVER hike without them. They give me a steadying affect. With my old knees, and sometimes clumsiness, they have SAVED the day many a time.

I can definitely say they have helped my knees ALOT!

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experience is the best teacher! Glad you shared your story!

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I recently hiked the difficult portion of the Grassi Lakes Trail in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. The first day I was carrying a lot of camera gear and had no poles ('cuz poles are for wussies). I made it 2/3 of the way up before getting tired of wiping out on steep gravel inclines.

On day two I went back at it with a $20 pair of poles I found at a discount store in town. I not only completed the hike, but I did so in the same amount of time I needed to go 2/3 of the distance on the first day because I didn't have any stability issues. My right knee -- which can be problematic -- came through with flying colours.

Upon returning home I promptly shelled out $120.00 for a good pair of Leki Trekkers, which I'll never leave home without when doing serious hiking.

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My family went hiking in the Rocky Mountains this summer and I was the only one with poles. I absolutely loved them. My husband started having knee problems on the way down and he was too stubborn to try the poles. I kept telling him how much they help take the pressure off your knees. We are hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in March and he has recently made a comment to me that he thinks he'll have to get some poles :)

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I've hiked both with and without polls...i prefer to hike with them...it makes it feel like I'm doing less work LoL...there are some situation that they get in the way but i prefer to have them with me!!!

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Great information, thanks all! I'm going to look into getting a pair as I have bad knees and worry about being able to keep up with others when hiking. This is awesome!

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I am a huge fan of the poles! I have Leiki poles with tips that are changeable for ice, snow, and general terrain. I use them even when I don't really need them... it gives my arms a workout!


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I always carry poles. Sometimes I collapse them and carry them in my pack when we are just trail hiking. But for steep downhill scrambling they are invaluable and definitely knee-savers! I have a few sets of baskets I can change out, but I don't think they matter that much.

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I use my snowshoe poles for hiking, but Holistic is correct, the baskets for winter activities are bigger, and some poles come with changeable baskets too.

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I have but I think the baskets for snowshoeing are larger.

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This might be a silly question but can you use the same poles for snowshoeing as well?

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Last week I did a long hike from a camping trip - I had left my poles behind, and ended up borrowing some half-way cuz I tweaked my knee. Yup, Great to have on any long, steep, or wet hike - I make em shorter for the uphills and longer for the downhills.

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I do a lot of hiking in the White Mountains of NH and I always bring poles. I have collapsible poles from REI and I strap them to the back of my day pack and use them on steep downhills, crossing streams and when the rocks are wet and slippery. I don't use them all the time but it's great to have them - especially if you ever sprain an ankle.

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Just got back from hiking in the Rocky Mountains and was very glad I had them. We did some steep rock climbing and even through some snow (that was pretty slick from the sun and other hikers). My husband's knees were hurting pretty bad on the way back but I had no problems. The poles take the weight off your knees. They are definitely a worthwhile investment.

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Poles are a life saver!!!Have had trouble with one of my knees in the past. But I must admit I never used them when I was younger & more fit than I am now!

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I've never use poles, but have had many of the same questions- thanks for the info.
Sounds like there are a few places in my area that they would be helpful.

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I just returned from a 13-mile overnighter with a lot of ridge walking and many steep downhills on slippery, rocky terrain, and my poles were a LIFE SAVER!!! I've never had so much confidence hiking downhill!

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Great topic! I don't have poles, but I've been on a few hikes where I wished I had some. This will make my research so much easier when I get a set. emoticon

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my mother always used those "found" hiking poles, but passed on the screws, but then the pole never really made it past the end of the hike!

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I just got back from a sierra club hike and ws reminded of the failure of the twist type locking mechanisem on some poles. One of the grand motherly types has trouble with her poles because if she gets them to stop slipping she then has lots of trouble breaking them back down at hikes end. So be ware and maybe try REI they have a wonderful buyers remorse program, I not trying to step on your advice Carol. I also love Steep and Cheap, I'm currently waiting on the mail with baited breath. It's going to be like Christmas all over again in a day or two.
On another front. I went cheap with my first set of poles. I dion't think there are Fred Meyer stores down your way, they were one of the first one stop shopping stores up here. If you look closely at the manufacture and style of the poles available you will notice that either 1- there can only be a few manufaturers of poles or 2- there are a lot of trade mark infringements happening. I bought my first set of poles for 14.95 on sale, two sets of baskets included and of the shock type which I don't think I will get next time, To heavy and noisy and I don't like the mushy spring feel they have.
It's amazing to me the thought and research you can do for just a simple back country purchase.
I also hike with old guys who still swear by the go find yourself a couple saplings dry them and drive screws in the ends for wear resistance. It looks cool but they don't break down for packing very well.

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I keep seeing Leki poles come up on steepandcheap.com for you pole-cats

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A freind of my mine was sidelined from hiking for awhile by torn ligiments in her knee. After she was better, the doctor told her she could go back to hiking if she used poles. It would allow her to keep pressure off her knees.

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Forgot about the snow benefit, very handy there! also it is possible to slow or arrest a slide w/ your pole in snow, if you know how.

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Tried out a pair of adjustables on an 11 mile hike, with the last 1.5 miles in intermitten snow...have to say they were awesome! Creek crossings were much easier. Thanks for the feedback!!

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I always take my poles when hiking on rugged terrain. They've prevented many a fall. They also protect my knees. My Leki poles are adjustable. They're really great! emoticon

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I like the poking fun, poking poles. Very funny

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Oh, it absolutely helps with the sausage finger phenomenon! I forgot about that benefit!

My boyfriend likes to say "when I was younger I poked fun at folks using poles, now I poke poles at folks making fun! And he can get crazy with the poles flying, so I do have to keep a wide berth. What I like about the collapsible poles is you can pack them up when they become a hindrance, there are some terrains where the poles just get in the way (more vertical uphill for example, where hands make better sense. Sometimes we get to a point where we just ditch the poles, but then you are committed to returning on that path.

Core strength is a good idea with or without the poles, but I do think they help with a number of issues, downhills, and finger swelling especially...

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Bring your trainer out and see how the hills go. I'm all for the poles. I use them on long dayhikes mostly for the downhills and when backpacking with a full pack. I find you get into a rythem and the miles fly by. Also no more puffy fingers.

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Poles, esp. on the down hill, will save your knees.

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i talked to my trainer about using poles on the next big hike, and she thinks i'd do better to just focus on getting more core strength.

what do you all think?

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we did a big hike (10 miles, 2800 feet, 5 hours) yesterday, and now i'm thinking i might have handled the down hill a lot better if i'd brought my poles. i think we'd have gotten down from the mountain a lot faster with my poles.



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I know people who love their poles but I have never used them. I am pretty short and I find it just as easy to use my hands!!

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As a side note, I have almost been impaled by other people's poles more than once while hiking. Yikes! I make sure to give people with poles a wide berth.





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I have Black Diamond poles, use them for skiing as well. The flick lock is great, and you can adjust shorter for uphill, longer for downhill, I also find them invaluable for crossing streams...

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I use 1 pole. I recomend them for the steep hikes. Like others have said it saves on your knees going downhill and it really helps me dig in and push off going up..

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I use poles when I pack my son. With him, water, first aid, snacks and extra clothes it's about 75 pounds...I need the balance assist. I'd recommend for beginners and those new to packing anything. Love them, saved me several times and helped me pack my son to places I never thought I'd reach. :D

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Wouldn't leave home without them. I would check out Black Diamond with their flick locks. The usual twist either slip or lock to the point of not releasing at the end of your hike. They are very helpful on steep ups and downs.

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I always use poles, best are ajustable ones. There are several brands but my family has Leiki poles. Helps with the up hills but mostly the downs-saves the shock on the knees. I have a daughter that has hiked the AT 3 times and she always uses poles.

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Does anyone use hiking poles?? Does it make a difference? And if so, what kind? & height is good? Any help is appreciated. THANKS

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