Hiking and trekking poles are designed to give you extra confidence and stability. If you’re hiking tough mountain trails just need some protection on the sidewalks and park routes, a pair of poles can be very helpful. Trekking poles can help alleviate tension on your joints, particularly when going uphill or downhill. It is a bonus if you have osteoarthritis or if you are overweight. Those who have Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis can also have more coordination while walking with sticks.
When to Use Trekking Poles?
Trekking poles are basic equipment for many seasoned climbers, but do you really need them? The response maybe — there are a few circumstances in which I use hiking poles, and others I don’t. Here’s how you’re going to decide whether or not you like trekking poles.
A trekking pole (also known as a hiking pole) is essentially a ski pole with a handle you use while riding. Trekking poles are nearly exclusively used as a set. There’s also something called a hiking staff (also known as a hiking stick) that’s a single post. Some travelers go across a hiking team with two trekking sticks. I assume the pair is only giving you some opportunities.
How to Use the Trekking Pole?
First of all, you’ll need to level your walking poles to the right height. Next, loosen the strap to the size that helps you to fit your hand through it easily, but it’s not too loose. Move the hand through the loop and hold the handle, the brace will cover the palm and “tie” under the thumb. Using the harness this way would make it easier to attach to the pole and help keep leverage over the pole if the hand is weak or you fall.
Walking Strategy for Poles:
There is no definitive right or wrong way to use walking poles, but there are ways that can make you use them more efficiently.
Many walkers use their trekking poles inefficiently, folding their arms at the elbow and placing the pole tip out in front of them to use the pole as a brace. A more efficient approach is to keep your arm in a relatively straight posture (which is with a very slight bend) and use your shoulders to move you forward. Don’t keep the poles too close! Using a comfortable and flexible grip on the trekking poles, using the braces mentioned above to ensure strong touch with the pole at all times.
Using baskets on your poles when approaching harder or rough terrain, because that will stop the poles from falling too deep into the ground and give you even more protection and support. Rubber ferrules are helpful when hitting the ground where the tips of tungsten carbide cannot dig through – that would protect the tips from skidding over the earth.
Start using trekking poles in pairs, though it can be argued that one pole is better than no pole, using a pair can give you the maximum degree of stability and control and boost posture.