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5 reasons why you should be using trekking poles

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Brett Petersen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

Here is another post I wrote regarding trekking poles.  Please let me know what you think BLOG POST.

Mark Bridges · · Michigan · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

Good job, Brett. Here is another one reason - they can help to defend against attacks from dogs, bears and other wildlife, although such cases were not very common.

David Howard · · Cincinnati, Oh · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

Trekking pokes are an absolute MUST for even a recreational "easy" hike. They can be used as a quick splint for a twisted ankle/knee. They can be a quick shelter pole in the event of a pop up storm to protect from the elements, they can be used to measure depth of water/holes/crevices. They can be used to measure stride distance to determine your travel time and can be used for tracking to determine direction as well as to ensure you are following the same track. You can build a quick litter if needed to haul someone/something in/out, they can be used to develop a signal flag of sorts. The possible uses of trekking poles just go on and on. Even the occasional hiker going to a well known trail should have a pair at least strapped to their backpack, right next to the camel back water pack :)  

Brett Petersen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

Mark and David, thank you for the replies. I absolutely agree, there really are so many different things that a good trekking pole can be used for.

Another use I recently used while hunting/scouting this summer and fall was using them to make a little nose on my way in or out at dusk or Dawn. I would either bang them together occasionally or clank then down on rocky surface as I hiked along ... Hopefully alerting any predators in my immediate vicinity without blowing all the animals out of that area.

Lon Harter · · Reno · Joined May 2018 · Points: 0

I've been using my Leki poles for over 30 years I paid around $130 for them back in the 80s. They are worth every penny. I used to be an avid Rock/ice climber I am extremely large for a climber and my poles have been of great benefit to me in many ways.

Dennis Downing · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

I'm a believer in using trekking poles but I have a theory that you can become dependent on them to some extent for balance. I've started not using poles on training hikes to strengthen the muscles used for balance but I always use them in the backcountry. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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