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The use of the poles reduced the wear and tear of walking and as the leaders became older they could still carry on walking. Get the pole length right. Most walking pole manufacturers offer guidelines as to the right length for your height. Some walkers say. The arm movement associated with walking poles adds intensity to your aerobic workout, which helps you burn more calories.

Walking poles improve balance and stability. Walking poles help you maintain proper posture, especially in the upper back, and may help to strengthen upper back muscles. A pair of poles is really good for helping you to stay balanced when crossing uneven or unstable ground. They are great at taking the stress off your knees when going downhill, making them ideal for people with joint issues.

They are perfect for testing the ground ahead if. 3 Reasons Why You Should Have Hiking Poles. Hiking poles have a history of being either praised or shunned. Some people believe they are incredibly helpful while others think they are cumbersome and unnecessary. We have found that the benefits far outweigh the issues some may have with them.

People who need balance when walking on uneven trails or trekking uphill. People who want to increase speed when going downhill. Those who have knee pain, hip pain, or back pain. Walking poles can also be used by those who want to improve posture or build muscles on the neck, arms and shoulders.

Using trekking poles helps to reduce the amount of impact on joints and pain you feel when walking or hiking. This is due to the change in weight distribution when you use your upper body to help propel you up a mountain or through a trail. Your hips, knees, and ankles will experience relief since your legs aren’t carrying all your body weight. I’ve used hiking poles a fair amount in training and on a few big races (hilly/mountainous trail marathons and 50ks). Based on these experiences, here is a summary of the pros and cons of trail running with poles and some advice on how and when to use them to best effect..

Running in to the finish line at KMF 50k after 9h25. The poles helped save my dodgy ankle. Walking poles are like an extendable arm helping you balance in complicated terrain. If the trail is very rocky or muddy you can use the poles as two more points of contact with the ground.

This will help you stay upright and not face down in the mud. If one foot slips, there are still three points to keep you standing. Trekking poles vary greatly in price and one of the main reasons for this, is the type of material they are constructed from. Aluminum is the cheaper option and is a fine choice for beginners.

If you are serious about backpacking, you should consider going with the more lightweight carbon fiber trekking poles. Hiking Poles: Check only—which is much easier to do if they’re the collapsible sort. If you still have rubber tip guards, put them on so your poles don’t end up tearing through the side of your suitcase or puncturing anything else.

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Adjustable poles are suitable for all walkers, as they allow for full flexibility when walking.

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I was now using walking poles, which took some of the effort off my tired legs, but these were probably more of a help psychologically than in reality.

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Using walking poles

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Using walking poles as an assistive device also improves gait mechanics as compared to walking with a walker or cane.

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So good, in fact, we made a sport out of it and now you can walk like a Nordic, because you do this with poles.

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Walking poles have become popular among hikers recently, but we don’t recommend them.

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• Use a hiking stick or trekking pole as a “third leg,” especially on the upstream side; walking sticks can be useful to test for dropoffs and rocks.

“The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills” by Rick Curtis
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When you just start training with poles, while walking at will, it is impossible to maintain the proper positions.

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from Authentic Shaolin Heritage: Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin
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The poles work best in terms of control if they are crossed in the middle, then attached to a well-padded hip belt.

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from Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness
by The Editors of Stackpole Books
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Patients are asked to step over cavaletti poles without touching them for the purpose of enhancing proprioception, strengthening flexors, and elongating stride length.

“Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation” by M. Christine Zink, Janet B. Van Dyke
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  • Thanks for making this video! I had no idea there was a proper way to use trekking poles until I watched this. I am in the planning stages of an Arizona Trail thru hike and knowing how to use the poles correctly has completely changed my hikes! Looking back, I can’t believe I ever hiked without them. Your tips even changed my husband’s mind about trekking poles. He thought they were a popular but mostly useless item and now he wants a pair. Thanks again for this video and for improving my hiking experience.

  • Before our Colorado Trail thru hike in 2019 we were off and on with trekking poles. After having used them day in and day out for 500 miles it is easy to see why they are good have and use, even on easy terrain.

  • In lieu of a tripod have you considered using your trekking polls and a mono pod as an ad hoc tripod? Just a bungee cord to lash them together. It would also give you the option of using just a mono pod for your walking segments

  • Costco and Amazon have the Cascade carbon fiber and aluminum sets. I have the aluminum and there very reliable and have a cork handle. I fell on it snowshoeing and bent the bottom section pretty good, bent it back and still use them. I don’t know the weight but for $35-55, they work and the locks are good, the poles are tuff and reliable

  • I bought trekking poles on a recommendation from my friend before going to Dolly Sods wilderness because of the downhill we were going to need to do. I was glad to have them for not only that but the stream crossings too, but I still didn’t fully appreciate them. Turning point for me was doing like 2.5mi of uphill in the Smokies and I got that techniques down. I was flying up the hill! Passing dayhikers along the way. I’m a believer and won’t go back!

  • Wow. this is amazing. You’re not only sit and talk, but you give us the proper way with thhe poles. And you looking so damn good in green shirt. Watching from a small island in Southern Pacific, Sangihe island

  • great vid!!! im a pole virgin, just got my first pair yesterday. Cant wait to get out on the trail tomorrow and try them out. thanks

  • I’ve hiked, backpacked, canoe tripped for many years. In the last 6 years I’ve been running quite a bit too. I’ve never used trekking poles and now that I’m in my late 40’s I have considered adding them to my pile of gear. As a trail runner, do you ever use running poles? Something like the BlackDiamond Carbon FLZ that say they’re for both? Those Gossamer LT5’s look awesome but I think they’re more suited to hiking. I’m curious your thoughts on trekking vs running poles…. Thanks!

  • Follow Bigfoot, thank you for this! The video is not only very helpful but also very pleasant to watch. You have a very good style of presentation and explanation. I subscribed.:) Thanks again!

  • i lol’d so hard at the lightsaber sounds. great channel Bryce, really enjoying your content as i’m going through it:)
    i felt kinda silly using trekking poles at first but now when i go backpacking i can’t do without them, it just feels off in a way not to have them.

  • The thumb injury is called “gamekeeper’s or golfer’s thumb” due to a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of the web space between the thumb and index finger. A complete tear will prevent you from gripping any object however light. It will require surgery. A partial tear will be painful for weeks, months or years. Four years ago I tripped and fell on the ground while gripping my camera lens. There was pain for 3 years and difficulty even holding a glass of water.

  • I’m a barefoot hiker, and i used a crafted walking stick for a few years. I find i’m very fast agile on the trail. However, occasionally, you’re going to step on painful things and having a way to quickly shift your weight off that foot is valuable. A friend gave me an old trekking pole, and i definitely like it, but if it breaks, i’ll go back to my stick no problem.

  • Nice video Bryce. Fortunately I also need trekking poles for my tent but I even use them on day hikes. Makes a world of difference with elevation changes and crossing streams

  • also known as ass savers. so many falls have been avoided because of my trekking poles( bent a few poles due to close calls ). I did make fun of those with poles on our first trip. Hey look at that dork with the Columbia shirt, trekking poles and hiking boots now I am that dork and happy to be.

  • Well, I hear you and understand your points.
    But trekking poles are SO NOISY. Even a single trekker/runner with poles makes insane noise. Nature is not intended to include trekkingpoles!

  • I’m in my 50s… Not only do they help my joints, but I also prefer a hammock/tarp set up… When there are trees, I use them to ‘porch’ my overhead tarp. When there are no trees available, I use them to set my hammock/tarp as a ground tent with some guide out lines. They are indispensable trail gear IMHO

  • Hey, just wanted to say thanks for a quality review of points. I’ve been reading peer reviewed academic studies on hiking poles and I was getting tired of hearing people say that hiking poles save you energy. Fact is, like you said, it changes what parts of the body are expending energy (and actually increase the amount of energy spent overall) which allows the legs to share the load…and yes, the upper body does get a workout. Because the VO2 increases with the use of hiking poles you use more energy and burn more calories, but in almost every study the perceived energy use was either equal or less than not using poles…and that counts for a lot in the mind of hikers.

  • Good explanation Bryce. I was starting to have knee problems aroud age 50, bought some poles and I am still carrying a 14 kg / 31 lb pack on long hikes with no knee issues.

  • So many different opinions. Love seeing all of this. I’ve used poles for years and wouldn’t walk without them they’ve saved my butt numerous times! Re taking off the rubber tips in some countries it is not allowed as it wrecks the area underneath and they must remain on or you can’t use them. If you are walking across multiple granite slopes etc., the rubber tips hold on to the rock whereas the carbide tips slip, so it’s better to have them on in some terrains.

    I walk with mine not behind me but placing in front and using that as my propulsion. There is much medical evidence that suggests that walking with them and pushing behind you actually causes (in some cases significant depending how hard you push) wrist damage.

    Shorten the poles on steep inclines and lengthen on steep descents that way you keep your body more upright, especially on a large pack when out for a week or so.

  • But your hands are still attached?
    I couldn’t justify spending a fortune on effectively just sticks, and still wanted something ultra light. I ended up making my own out of bamboo. They come in at about 145g (5oz). The only downside is that they’re not packable

  • Hi Bigfoot, Thanks so much for all of your videos.

    Did you ever hear of any issues with hikers putting “too much” weight on their trekking poles?

    I’m pretty confident about my poles (BD Ergo Cork) but i already bent a pair on a 4 day trip i took two month ago. Thankfully, Black Diamond went ahead and replaced it for free but i’m left wondering if i should try to relieve the pressure i’m putting on them every day.

  • I already decided to use poles when I hike next year. These reasons are some of why I decided to use them. Thanks so much for the tips, another great video!!

  • Good information, but there are laces where you can’t be heard because you’re far away and facing away from the camera. An off-camera mic would help. Great information, though. Thanks!

  • totally enjoying your vids….watched a bunch so far…….just a heads up, to use the straps correctly you put your hand in from the bottom, not thru the top……it’s cool if you like to death grip your pole, but you may be surprised how much more secure you feel putting your hands in thru underneath……..also, the shock absorber poles are AWESOME going down hill, takes all the load so your arms and shoulders don’t……..keep up the vids

  • I’ve found 1 pole to be optimum for forest hiking as you can grab onto trees with your free hand during accents. Otherwise I use 2 poles for more open terrain

  • Thank you, very well done. As an old man that refuses to stop doing “walk about’s” I appreciate you sharing your experience. Just my walking sticks alone have spared me “structural damage on many hikes. I subscribed due to your content & suggestions as what works for you plus your experience. I will search your channel for suggestions on hiking shoes & equipment as nothing (to me) every beats experience. Again thank you & stay safe….Mike

  • Hey, I think that you need to mind how much vibration you get when you step, i understand you were demonstrating but you were making so much noise that I feared for your knees. I see many hikers who don’t mind that too and pay with tiny fractures in their leg bones. My solution for that is minding each step I take and making sure I do it calmly and with ease on my knees even that I’m a young man. I want my legs to last to the day I’ll die

  • At one time we used trekking poles, but since our pack weights are a lot lighter now we started leaving them behind 2 1/2 years ago. Maybe someday I’ll use them again. They do have some advantages like you mentioned.

  • Thanks for the video.
    I sometimes go hiking by myself, but never thought of needing of trekking poles until now.
    But your video made me decide to purchase the trekking poles, especially for the reason no.8.
    We don’t have any bears in the mountain in Korea, but there are some crazy people out there. No kidding.

  • My joints are shot so trekking poles are a must! I actually like the shock absorbing ones, they are easier on my knees going down hill. I hear ya on the burnout �� you do you, and we will join you when you post something new! Have fun in Utah!

  • Thanks a great help. How about some info on trek shoes/boots. Specifically for sand and gravel. I walk around the mountains near where I live and the trails fucntion as roads as well. I have slipped many times. This is why I am looking into poles, I was using a wood staff up until now. Any advice on shoes/boots for sand/gravel will be appreciated.

  • What was said at the 3-minute mark is important. The phrase “a LITTLE propulsion.” The poles aren’t supposed to be the sole means of pushing you up the hill, but are basically that little extra to get you from the previous step to the next. Keep that in mind and the form pretty much follows.

  • Started using my ski poles for trekkers some 25 years ago. Will never go back. So good for the knees and my back (I’ve never been a UL packer!) Put your hand down thru the loop and spin so the webbing is under your thumb joint. Then you dont have to grip and you get extra downward strength. Also poles are great for tarping or setting a tent into porch mode.

  • No matter what damned fool crap is introduced to the market, there is always some idiot to waste money on it. I started Trecking in the mid 60’s, I’m now 71 years and still enjoying it and Iv’e not wasted money on this sort of rubbish.
    As with so many pastimes, whether it’s riding or photography or whatever. People can come to love the equipment more than it’s purpose. Wise up folks, leave these daft sticks in the shop and don’t waste your money. Theresa May uses them when on holiday, I rest my case!

  • Hey Bigfoot! Thanks for sharing your trekking pole techniques, I can’t wait to get back on the trail and try them out. I have knee pain and i find that my Hemp Squeeze CBD Infused Knee Sleeve reduces recovery time of my muscles. Your subscribers should try one out if they have knee pain when hiking. https://bit.ly/EHSSqueeze

  • Thanks again for your video man! I subbed earlier so i’m binge watching them all now, you’ll probably get a lot of comment spam from me over the next few days, sorry.

    It’s great to hear from a personal trainer who specifically works on hiking content, and also a fellow Aussie! Nothing against Americans, but it’s just good to see a video by someone from my neck of the woods who knows where i hike.

    I did a bit of a patella injury a few years ago playing indoor soccer so i certainly feel the knees on the way down from anywhere steep. I also have a bit of heel pain on the back and sides of the bone just around where the achilles tendon attaches to the bone. I only really notice it on the bigger hikes and usually after a decent. I’m hoping the trekking poles will make things easier!

  • Let me add a couple more uses.
    To clear cob webs from trail
    To knock dew and rain off brush
    Extra balance at water crossings
    “Four step rhythm” Extending poles out in front every fourth step on a flat trail or logging road when you can’t wait to get back to the trailhead. (This actually helps with the boredom of that last mile or two)
    Prevents getting “Fat Fingers” from the pendulum motion of swinging your arms when you walk.
    Bang together to make bear warning noise
    To hold your pack up off the ground or sand at breaks
    To ward off over friendly dogs

  • I’m still on the fence but just purchased my first trekking poles a set of Cascade Mountain Aluminium one’s and planning a big hike for the end of next month, so see how they go. I also have a big river crossing so think they will help me during that. Thanks for the video and the issues. Nice mate.

  • Other advangages of poles inc…. Testing the ground to see if it will take your weight. Testing the depth of water. Reaching to recover droped items or lend a hand to someone else…… I don’t shorten my poles for going uphill. I’ve never felt the need. If your ‘planting them at your feet, as it says in the video, why would you need to? And the ground drops away quicker behind you so there’s an argument for making them longer for the uphills. I used to agree with the strap advice given here, and still do for beginners. I still use that method most of the time. But I like to vary things. The method we’re told not to use here, can if fact hold weight on the straps. The fingers just have to be a little further down the handle. Effectively making the pole a little shorter for going up hill ;o) The different strap position can ease pressure on the hand when not wearing gloves. I also like short sessions of not weighting the strap. I find it makes my fingers stronger for rock climbing. 5 mins of proper up hill gripping is all I can manage so far, then I swap back to weighting the strap. Good video though. Good basic info for beginners. I so often see people carying poles in their pack or very lightly weighting them or even draging them!!! And of course, making videos is hard. Making comments on videos is easy:o)

  • Hey bigfoot….is it a good practice to extend both sections the same length? I notice when i extend the thicker top shaft all the way out I get a lot more flex and I assume that’s not good.

  • At last, an indepth, no nonsense, video, from someone who has been there, done that, with trekking poles. Answered all my questions, without all the “bulls*+t” of “flashing lights” and fancy dramatic editing! Perfect.

  • Generally speaking, of course, your tips are good. When moving amid talus blocks, however, it’s possibly best to not wear the straps. A guide suggested this, AFTER seeing my companion’s pole tip get stuck in a hole as she fell forward and down a steep slope wearing a heavy pack. This put an unfortunate levering action on the pole, which nonetheless remained upright in a fixed position as she fell. Fortunately there was no injury to the pole or its user. Another (inarticulate) guide I hired simply had removed his straps entirely, which seems unnecessarily extreme. Conceivably, similar advise would be given regarding pole straps when crossing avalanche terrain.

  • This was so helpful! It’s amazing how many trekking pole videos feature the death grip-I had no idea it wasn’t normal! What you say makes so much sense….

  • Thanks for clearing this up. Always wondered what they were actually for and shamelessly mocked hikers with them….now I feel I’m missing out!

  • You need a new camera guy…can’t seem to shoot a full body shot to capture the whole length of the trekking poles. Let me know if you have since re-shot/posted this so I can actually watch it in full demo rather than this version.

  • I think the video does s great job of showing proper technique. That being said, the poles really only do two main things; distribute some of the lower body stress to the arms, and provide for more balance / safety. They don’t allow you to hike faster or reduce energy output per distance. They actually slightly increase energy output and in general slow a fast hiker down. If you need them, they are useful, but for fit hikers with good balance, they are generally not useful except as tent poles or for stream crossings.

  • Finally someone that knows how to use the straps. At least 90% of the people that I see do that wrong. There are also some more advantages of doing this correctly. It allows you to grip the pole in different locations and still maintain control of the pole, for example reaching a long ways down you can move your hand to the very top of the pole holding it in your palm. Also for long strides you can actually release the grip when it passes your hip and pull the pole back using the strap and it will just come back to the correct spot and you can re-grip quickly. I am giving you a big thumbs up, even though I am a single pole user.

  • Looking for my much loved pants(for scrambles+) that I found at a thrift store, or at least something comparable. “Lithium Expedition “ https://youtu.be/tuu2NKbjGgw

  • You aren’t old enough to use them for why i use them.:) They’ve added years to my hiking career, if you want to call it that. I was having joint issues in my hip and knee. (I have loose ligaments and my joints aren’t all that stable). Someone suggested that i use poles. I tried them a few times and didn’t think they were doing anything until i realized how much my joints weren’t hurting. I had thought my long hike days were soon going to end, but I’m still hiking!

  • I suffer from herniated disc, walking poles help me allot when going uphill/montain, unfortunatly downhill is way trickier… but very usefull gear for a personike myself

  • Bigfoot running away from a bear isn’t always a good idea and you shouldn’t say “just run away” there are very specific situtions that require different actions http://www.mountainnature.com/Wildlife/Bears/BearEncounters.htm

  • When I use the poles my ankle I tweaked as a kid doenst bother me the next day. That’s all i need to know. I can go many miles with up to 30 pounds with little to no pain the next day. When i didn’t use them I definitely noticed the day after.

  • Weird you did this video at this time. Im literally in the process of making my own poles. I think Timmy broke his lt5 poles at dolly sods. One reason I haven’t bought them yet. ��

  • I don’t consider that a trekking pole ‘failure’. That’s generally a ‘it saved my arse and I snapped a pole instead of breaking my tailbone’ event. I’ve been using the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork poles and love them. They’re a bit more robust, so they do better not breaking when you get a pole stuck and fall, but you pay for the robustness in weight. Regardless of what you buy, it’s a tool that is going to get bashed and used. Luckily you can normally just replace the lower shaft for the next trip and not have to sink more $$ into new poles (at least with BD, Gossammer probably does something similar).

  • Hey Bryce! I really like your channel and content. When I saw how you put your hand through the straps, I felt I needed to make a comment, even if you don’t use them. Like you said there is a big risk of injuries if you fall. And specially if you fall forward. If you put your hand through the straps like you did, you can break your thumb when you catch yourself falling. But if you put your hands through the other way, there is less risk of breaking anything really. I should know, since I’ve competed in skicross and been skiing since I was 3. Maybe this will help someone else, or get you to try using the straps. �� Greetings from Sweden, keep the videos coming!

  • Hi Bigfoot, new follower here. My goal is to begin section hiking the Florida Trail January 2018, probably a week or two per section. The Florida Trail is FLAT! ha ha It is totally flat, and mostly sandy. Would you still recommend trekking poles for it?

  • Yes definitely a personal preference for using trekking poles
    And I have a pair of Walmart trekking poles that was given to a family member because he needed them it did help
    And I to have a secondary set that is now my main set and they are from Cascade mountain carbon fiber quick lock and I do not remember exactly the weight so I’m going to say they are approximately 7.5 Oz each
    And I have used them in tarp tenting and with my cheap trekking Pole tent that’s only 2 lb 2 person
    It’s not the lightest and definitely not the heaviest more like a semi in between
    And don’t worry about making YouTube video contentit’s all up to the individual person who is trying to think of ideas if you have any and if you don’t Don’t worry about it
    Just keep having fun on your trips and don’t forget to film what you think is best
    And by the way here’s a question for which program do you use to edit your videos with are you using Windows or Mac

  • Great video… Might seem simple but a very much needed video for those new to using them or just those who haven’t been using them correctly. Great video. Keep them coming!

  • I’m starting to train for next year and you’ve sold me on the poles. I can walk flat (here in FL) for 40-50 mi holding my breath, but when it comes to uphill I’ll want some help. I also have a titanium rod through my femur from a break years ago and it still gets sore from impact sometimes, so distributing the weight is a plus. I can also see how just using the poles normally can knock away some nasty briars. As for spider webs… nah, I just move ’em with my face like always. Thanks for this!

  • Great demonstration on the proper way of using trekking poles. I have a knee injury that I use a Hemp Squeeze which provides support for my muscle stiffness, soreness, and pain but I’m sure it will also help if I make I use better methods with my poles. https://bit.ly/EHSSqueeze

  • I feel like these things are just some dipshit invention of some rich guys to sell to other more gullible rich guys. Somehow the entire world did without trekking poles prior to mid 2000s where every rich city turd with a budget larger than his brain was suddenly convinced walking with weight on their back is impossible without expensive carbon fiber walking sticks.

  • As a ‘newbie’ to trekking pole usage I noticed that you DON’T have your poles adjusted for an ‘approximate 90 degree angle’ to your upper body in your video… Am I reading this incorrectly, but everything I’ve read so far is that the poles should be adjusted for approx. 90 degrees… So far I love my inexpensive poles and want to recommend a set to my 80+ year old uncle for his walks but also want to recommend the correct ‘angle’ to adjust them to for best advantage for his walks… Thanks for such an informative video and safe hiking to you and yours always!!!
    !

  • Bent my Komperdells last summer and they couldn’t fix them.  Received a new pair from them a week later.  They are the first thing that come out of the closet with hitting the trail.  Wouldn’t leave home without them

  • I really need start doing them my issue is i always have camera in hand lol. I probably would fall alot less. Great video solid info and explanation.

  • They have saved me from falling into streams several times. I’m not planning to be a trough hiker, but living in NH, I do take advantage of being so close to the Whites often. Ps. Hiking tomorrow… Climbing the flume slide trail up mt flume, then over liberty, to hay stack, lincoln, and then down Lafayette.

  • Thank you so much for this. I just ordered poles this morning and didn’t know what I didn’t know about them. This was really, really helpful.

  • I now unstrap when going steeply downhill because I fell coming down while on a mountain climb a few years ago and one of my poles got caught under my bodyweight. I wasn’t able to brace my fall while the pole was underneath me and I smacked my arm on a sharp rock point crushing the outside of my ulnar bone. Needless to say, at that altitude I then got peripheral edema and my arm blew up huge with fluid which brings on other health dangers beyond crushing the bone. I still love my poles. I just will not go down a long steep incline strapped in anymore.

  • Thanks for the video Bigfoot. Just wondering about the quality of trekking poles. Have you had any types/brands you didn’t like. I just have a relatively cheap ($50ish) pair from Mountainsmith with twist locks. My first trip using them will be in June, so I’ll find out soon enough how they do. Just curious your thoughts.

  • Hi Chase, just wanted to say thank you so much for your trekking pole videos. I don’t think I ever would have been using them correctly had I not watched your videos! I just got trekking poles to help ward of knee pain. With that said, I’m still getting the pain (although I still love the poles for other reasons). I will go to the doctor to get looked at for this pain. But, I also was wondering if you’ve ever heard of someone only getting knee pain, in one knee only, and only when hiking? I do cardio, strength and endurance gym classes 3-5 times a week pain free, I can even run (on a flat surface) without ever having pain. I’ve never done any other activity where my knee will start to hurt. But it’s when I’m on the trail, that the dull ache starts to come on through the whole knee—this has been occurring for a few years, but only yesterday on a day hike, did the ache turn to pain and become a real problem. It was a very rocky and root-filled trail, with many bigger drops/step downs as well. I wear high top Merrill boots. As far as I know, I’ve never injured this knee, in fact, it’s my other knee I once injured. I was feeling some discomfort at times up in my glute, on the same leg as the knee pain. It is most prominent on descents, and can even fade away immediately if I start to ascend or hike flat again (but comes right back during descent!). When I consciously focused on stepping down and leading with my good knee/leg, with poles, it did help. But I’m feeling so limited now, with one of the things I love most to do—I’m 33 and fit—nothing like having ppl twice your age blowing by you on the trail, feeling fine! Any feedback you may have would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your channel!

  • Bryce, I love your content! However, I feel I must tell you that you are using the straps improperly if you put your hand through them the way you did in this video. https://youtu.be/7q2YwOE4okA

  • I bought a cheap pair last yr.from Amazon but find it hard to film etc..think last hike at mohican my wife claimed them….I agree on the filler videos,but you do good stuff cool editing etc some Bushcraft be cool though…..

  • Thx for the video and the Info. My only critique is the person holding the camera needs to back off so we can see what you’re trying to show us on the bottom as well as at your waist. Cheers!

  • Agree on the right way to use them, as in going up and downhill and grip. And I do think they can be helpful especially on downhills in the beginning as your legs are getting stronger. However, it is incorrect to say that you use less energy. In fact, you will burn about 20% more calories by using poles over just using your legs. Your arms are not meant to bear the extra weight of walking, your legs, however, are much more efficient at doing so. Which is why you burn more calories. I used them when I first started hiking for about the first 500 miles. Then I had a bad day with cold wet hands that I wanted in my pockets and stopped using them. I haven’t used them since (about 2100 miles now). What I did find is that my legs got stronger, allowing me to go up mountains that I would have formerly used poles to go up, and also on the downhills my knees developed larger stabilization muscles so the downhills are easier. My balance also improved. I do however use them for river crossings (and to set up my tent. Seriously I have the laziest trekking poles ever!) Just wanted to point out some good reasons to not use them. Though, they definitely have their place. For day hiking, or weekend hiking they can be great. If you Thru-hike you might consider using them at first and then slowly using them less and less. Anyhow, just my 2 cents. And wanted to correct the efficiency error. Also, I know this is 5 years old, but I thought the info would be useful if someone was trying to learn about them and stumbled onto this.

  • I have decided on Leki Corklites but wanted to check with you to see if you think other aluminum Lekis would be be better. I’m 155 pounds, 70 yo, and hike gnarly mountain trails in South Central Alaska.

  • This is pretty obvious to thru-hikers (everybody’s a thru-hiker in Georgia), but stuff like resting on your poles or using them to set up tents or fend off or selfie-stick, etc. are not so obvious perhaps to newbies just buying gear. Overall this is a great video. The best hiking poles are from GossamerGear.com at about 3 oz a pair. I managed to break one on a rock trying to swat flies with it (not a good use!).

    Incidentally, I found a dog-eared thrown-away paperback makes a great fly-swatter. Once I killed 94 flies with it at a shelter and was surprised to find myself fly-less for the next several days! The flies follow you, so have at them. Isn’t that horrible? At least there aren’t many mosquitos on the AT in Dixie.

  • I’ve always avoided using hiking poles because they looked like a messy waist of energy, ridiculous. Now I know why, most folks don’t use them properly. I’ve been enlightened by your video’s. And just in time, nowadays I need more support going uphill at high elevations, so I bought my first pair of polesBlack Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Flicklock and I can’t wait to try them out. Mahalo brother.

  • As a Sierra hiker where we run into huge granite steps, when ascending I’ll push off with both poles to make the big steps up easier. Also, I shift my hands so the top of the grip is in the hollow above the base of my palm, and I can push directly down on the top of the pole. I find this gives me better leverage without having to cock my wrists. Better ergonomically. I’ll do the same on steep descents and large steps down. Still easy to control poles. One other note as an older hiker: I try not to rely too much on the poles for balance. If you do and you miss a pole plant, you may fall. I often train without poles to encourage proper balance. Works for me. YMMV.

  • Nice vid.. but I hope you don’t have the straps that way in video when you walking. Just wrong.
    Go up into strap then hold grip, so if you trip your hand and specially thumb won’t dislocate..
    but apologies if you know that all ready.

  • I’ve tried for years to get people to throw away their single hiking stick and use a pair of poles and they just don’t get it. I grew up skiing in the 1960’s and realized long ago the advantages of hiking poles with balance and accident avoidance, especially in the steep rocks and water crossings. My back yard in the Wind River Mtn’s looks like this video too.

  • As a former XC ski patroller and racer I am VERY familiar with proper pole strap use.
    I use hiking poles to: 1.)-> give me assistance UP and DOWN mountains, 2.) support my tent [TT NOTCH Li] 3.)-> as X’d shooting sticks when hunting with clamp-on Quick siX that are very light and tough and fast to deploy.
    if you begin using trekking poles at age 20 your knees will thank you by age 50!

  • Unrelated question, what is the difference between mountaineer and alpinist? I use them interchangeably since in Italy a mountaineer is an alpinista, but I’d like to know the real difference, if there is one.

  • Polls really helped me. It gave me balance going downhill on a rocky trail. It seemed my legs were less fatigued when I used the polls.

  • What is the bag you have on your sternum strap? And the water bottle holder on the front of the shoulder strap? Great video! I learned some of this when cross country skiing up north. Thanks for the details. Awesomely helpful.

  • You are holding them wrong dude, the straps should be on top of your hand not below, you’ll risk breaking your thumb if you fall with this grip

  • uhm, good for you I guess. Call me old, but this is such a weird trend. I was in boy scouts for decade plus in 80s-90s, and nobody considered using skipoles in summer.. We made fun of old ladies walking with these. Think I’ll be ok walking “old fashioned way”. Less crap to carry, and don’t look like a dork.

  • Your strap/hand position is wacky. Uphill it’s sort of ok. Downhill it is really wacky. First half of video is educational. Your approach… keep to yourself. Ha ha!

  • You are definitely smooth, very connected with these trekking poles. You look like one with them. Thanks for a great vid. I learned a lot.

  • Huge help mate! I’m new to Washington state and the terrain will beat me up! I love hiking and now I know how to leverage my poles properly. Thank you!

  • Thanks, husband bought these for me instead of a cane after a motorcycle accident. Keeps me more upright. Will be a long haul.cheers

  • For my 30 year anniversary I got a set of Trekking poles, since I never had or tried using walking poles before, I was looking for some good information on how to do things right before starting any bad habits. And what’s the first thing I learn is that the poles should be marked Left and Right. As I look at my poles no markings and I notice that both poles look correct on my left hand but not the right. Has to do with the padding not coming over my thumb on my right hand. These are Coleman AntiShock (Green in color) and I have sent a message asking about this problem with the poles seem to be both Left handed. Thanks for the excellent Video, out of all the other videos I’ve watched no one talks about which pole for which hand. Keep up the good work. Thanks! Wes

  • Nice video narrative on the various approaches to effective hiking with trekking poles; explaining the pro side and con side of their respective equation side; enlightening for the beginner hiker to consider, contemplate and then decide for themselves after trying out what works for each individual particular hiker;

    I would definitely bring a set of conventional trekking poles with conventional hand wrist straps and also an alternate pair of Leki trekking poles with the vertically integrated built-in trigger “S” glove/hand system; actually tried it out in local REI store and it is a very compelling option to have on a prospective hike; as it feels very solid, stable, highly efficient and definitely worth it have on a hike in ones hiking tool bag to be able to utilize;

    I could see also that by using the conventional hand strap trekking pole with ones wrists going directly through them instead of coming from directly underneath; that one definitely might be able to get better angle of attack when potentially pushing off using ones conventional trekking pole; on an ascending hill that one is trying to actually climb up and over; I would definitely want to have the option to be able to decide to potentially be able to do both techniques in the field; whichever one works best in trail conditions being experienced.

  • With your personal way, are you extending the pole length for descents or leaving them the same as length as you were using for ascents and flats?

  • I get that the lad is handsome but I would have liked to have seen the camera pointed at what he was doing with the trekking poles more than just half the time.

  • My poles are quite new and come apart easily, when I place the tip in a little soft sand, such as walking on a beach. What could I do? Any ideas? This can also happen on hard packed sand but not as often.

  • Another great vid, it appears you are using the straps differently than most other videos recommend? Your putting your hands down through? Apparently one should go up through. Less strain on the hand, more control and apparently if you go down through the strap you can break a finger if you fall the wrong way. This shows what i mean https://youtu.be/qFO5fXn544s?t=163

  • I’m glad that later in your video that you went to move your hands directly through the hand straps. I off trail on a great deal of my hikes and had found many years ago that to NOT utilize the standard technique is not as conducive in almost all situations including safety as is just running the hands directly through the strap. Also many types of trekking pole straps are much thicker than the thin ones you are using and are much more abusive to your hands using the std. technique. Your hands are also more trapped when you utilize the std. technique. With the revised technique you used your hands are not trapped and can quickly release the pole and use your hands directly to the ground should you be off balance and hence then no trapping of the hand or fingers. Loved your remaining part of your video. You learn a lot of new ideas when you have worked your poles to extremes in all various situations.

  • I did an overnight at the Catskills with a 30 lbs pack and did not own poles. After 2 miles, I picked up 2 walking sticks and used it the rest of the trip. Should’ve bought poles in the first place.

  • I sometimes use alternative technique like yours when I just want to change the grip for a while and let my wrists rest. Also on descends I thought I was doing it wrong, but I lean with all my weight too

  • Great video, just want to point out that you should put your hand through the straps from under and over, not just through to the handles.

  • Excellent tutorial which prompted us, after years of hiking without to purchase a set each. Used them for the first time today, what a difference, especially for my wife, who has some minor physical challenges.

  • Twist lock has many downsides and all of them connect in a bad way:
    you need to twist them hard to get a secure lock (i already don’t trust them even when twisted “hard” but that’s me)
    you now need a lot of force to untwist them, obviously (it’s SO MUCH FUN when your hands are cold and you can’t get a good grip to unlock them..)
    you then become lazy and don’t screw them too hard anymore: so they will let you down on the first bad step
    you have to clean/grease them so they don’t grip, might be ok for some, but for thru-hikers/lazy I’m not convinced

  • Interesting. I have done 1000 plus miles of hiking every year for 30 years including the A.T. I dont use straps and have my thumbs over the top. I ascend the same as you but on flat, I usually lead with both poles at the same time and pull (like skiing). Different strokes.

    Good video.

  • I saw another video telling that for decending, you should grip the pole on the top very of the handle, with that “flat” area on top resting against ones palms. That way the poles will become a little longer than normal, which is preferable for walking downhill… But whatever feels best for anyone is probably the correct way for them

  • I disagree on the rubber cap. I have been using poles for over 25 years and have found that the carbide tip quickly becomes dull. it also makes lots of noise when backpacking on rock surfaces. there are areas on the east coast and more where the heavy use of carbide tips has caused noticeable damage to rock based trails. further more I find that the super pointed tips tend to dive in to far and stick in soft dirt and mud. rubber tips counter all of the above and are replaceable when worn down. try it and you may become a believer. the only downside is that I use an adhesive to make sure I don’t lose a rubber tip and that makes putting a snow basket on impossible if you trek in the snow. I don’t ever trek in the snow so its not an issue for me. for me, the noise reduction alone had me right away as I am always on the look out for wildlife. safe journeys and see ya on the trail!!

  • Trekking poles are also designed so that you can palm them on top instead when doing descents. I find this works much better and is much more comfortable than using the straps on steep descents. It’s also considered a “proper” technique.

  • I have developed Trochanteric Bursitis and my son bought me trekking poles. I’ve been hillwalking for over 60 years and have found it difficult to get used to the poles…one pole I can manage, especially since many tracks are narrow and deep into the heather. I can manage two poles on a wider path…but hey it’s difficult when I want to take a photo or blow my nose….I’ve put clips on my rucksack straps and attach the pole wrist loops onto those….phew…..!!it takes thought!

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  • The proper use of the straps is indeed good to distribute weight from the lower body. At 3:54 you mention that all weight will fall into the strap. However, this could potentially be bad in the event of a fall. Falling in this position means that all the force of the fall will be directed to the wrist. This is exactly what happened to me a week ago, and the force directed through the strap caused my wrist to break. ‘Just something to consider.

  • I was also thinking of snake distraction, if you walked up on one. For snow camping I have used my poles for clothes drying, as they stay put when pushed into snow.

  • How about better chance of getting a hitch? Bums and prisoners on the run usually don’t have poles with them ��. showing that you are a hiker sure helps.

  • How do you keep from getting sore on the sides of your hands? That is lots of weight constantly being put on your hands and forearms.

  • Thanks! A bit scared but going to try these out. Never used those before and never decended toes forward, only sideways. But only learned it mountain climbing with my dad. Not through hiking. I can see how it works though. Hopefully, PCT or AT in 2024! Not starting with the CDT.

  • Great video as usual Bryce. I started with a pair of REI brand poles, then got some Black Diamond poles for my Olympic Mtn 6 day hike from Hoh to Hurricane Hill. I recently switched to the ZPacks carbon fiber poles; for $100, they don’t do too bad.

  • This was a great primer on poles. The logic of what you present is impeccable yet I mostly take the poles for defensive purposes and to hold up my tarp. I am too lazy to search for fallen branches. HOWEVER, if you completed the AT in just 100 days…I shall give it a try. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks for the video.

  • I trekked to Everest Base Camp ….. poles are essential at least for me. They are vital for steep down hill trekking …. like having a bannister to hold onto and put your weight upon.

  • Great info, Bryce, but personally, as a photographer, I have no use for them. Tried them once, and sent them back. I’m not in it for the miles. I take it slow and steady, and if I need help, I’ll pick up a stick. I have to keep my hands free.

  • Great video, Bryce. I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be using poles unless they leave them behind because it’s easier to handle camera gear. When I first started hiking, I just assumed it was common sense to use poles. I’m still surprised when I see backpackers without them. It’s an essential piece of gear for the reasons Bryce covered.

  • Most of the reason for not using the loops is fracture or skiers thumb (ligament issues.) Or at least to not use the loop they way that is demonstrated.

    I have seen too many thumb fractures and ligament tears because of they way demonstrated.

  • What is the advantage of finishing the trail in a hundred days? I think the real advantage is to Saunter, and just be in the woods…Please do a video about the advantages of using an external frame backpack… Kelty Trekker 3950 is a great Backpack…for all kind of Sauntering Backpacking trips…if you don’t believe me ask what Colin Fletcher would say about this?
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  • DRAT, I could have really used this information before my trip to Antarctica last month. I’ll be better prepared in the future, at least.

  • Great video. I’m hiking the AT in a couple of weeks and I’m so glad to learn how to properly use my poles. Thanks a bunch and I will continue to watch your vids.

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  • Try putting your hand and wrist UNDER the strap, and then grip the handle with the strap under your hand, instead of the way you have it with your hand OVER the strap and through to the handle grip. way steadier…..like a ski pole grip.

  • I want to thank Chase Mountains for the How to Use Trekking Poles (Like a Boss) video. I am a beginning backpacker and my first trip was to hike part of the Lake Tahoe Rim Trail. The first day I used the poles I was awkward and kept trying to get the angle and timing right. By day two, I had a good groove down. The technique I learned in this video really made a huge difference in my whole experience. I think the trekking pole usage was key to my being able to navigate the terrain. Thank you!

  • I feel like using the poles to go down is equity risky, as you support your self with your body forward facing down, meaning you are already with your center of gravity on the next step down, if you trip, the pole slip or anything, you are doomed to a longer fall. Basically you are putting your body in a more dangerous position if something happen. But they do save weight from the knee

  • I was lead to do some Googling to see if poles might help me with painful descents (free from knee pain) I don’t really care about the saving energy aspect. I’ve always been uneducated about trekking poles and thought they were both unmanly and only for old people, but I think I’ve just been an idiot. I can see myself using them uphill (from watching your video)…probably forgetting to use them on level terrain…but really using them on the descents. Cheers

  • Great tip, you have saved me a broken thumb!! I’m a newbie �� thanks, hopefully next time the camera shows more the trekking poles! ��

  • Yup, most people do not know how to use trekking poles. Used properly there are all sorts of benefits and the only downside I’m aware of is when you have a bit of momentum and a pole gets caught, it’ll hold and pull on your arm. I’ve nearly dislocated my shoulder when X-C skiing due to this.

    In any case, I’m a believer in poles and use them most of the time while hiking although generally not on pavement. And, I leave my little baskets on for really muddy stuff.

  • I would also recommend buying aluminum shaft poles (with 2 side clamps for adjusting) over any carbon fiber poles… the reason being, should a pole catastrophically fail an aluminum pole taco’ing is preferable to a carbon fiber pole shattering into a spiderweb matrix which can cut you… I’m a big dude and really punish my poles, in 25 years I’ve had 5 fail catastrophically, with 4 saving me from falls and potentially serious injury during downhill fall.

  • Another tip: it is a bit dangerous, to leave your hands in the hand strap when going downstairs, if you slip, there’s a risk of dislocating your shoulder

  • Great video Bryce, you pretty much covered everything! I love your channel, and really appreciate your integrity re: being sent gear… especially the fact you havent ‘sold out’ like a number of the youtubers I’ve recently stopped following because their channels are just one big product placement session now (Dan B and Paul M, I’m looking at you).
    Also, dont push yourself and burn out… I’m happy to wait a couple of months for a great video, as I’m sure other are!

  • Thank you for posting this. Having just brought my first pair of TP your information will I am sure prove to be very useful to me.

  • Hello Bryce, thank you for sharing your experiences with and comments on trekking poles. I look forward to your next exciting outdoor adventure. All the best to you and your family in the New Year. ��

  • Unfortunately I’ve always been wary when I’m out and see folk with poles. It’s like trying to pass a new born giraffe, legs and poles everywhere. I’ve seen folk moving unnaturally with both poles moving together. Left arm and leg moving together in a weird lumbering motion, reminiscent of Frankensteins monster. And worst of all, poles trailing out at 45-60 degrees behind the owner, meaning they take up the width of three people, and make it difficult to pass on country paths. I can see the benefits from this video of using the things, maybe I’ll give them a try one day.

  • Nice video in 30 year + of bushwalking I’ve never used them but just got some. I’m doing a big hike starting soon and will see how they help me.

  • My grandfather climbed mountains with sticks he made out of wood, no straps or whatsoever:))…. he had time during brakes to make beautiful carvings on the wood.

  • Hi thanks for your video. I think that I’m in pretty good shape but when we go hiking 10k I’m still feeling good but for longer distance my hips are getting in pain and my hamstrings are tight I’ve read a lot about it but I’m not sure is it a problem in the hip flexors or weak gluteus max or medius? Any suggestion? Thanks

  • “Proper” LOL. Is that because an “expert” said so? When I put my poles high enough for my elbows to be at a 90 degree angle I get pins and needles. I absolutely loved the power I got from using the straps “properly,” until it started causing serious thumb pain. There are a variety of techniques, the proper ones are the ones that don’t cause pain and that provide a benefit for the individual.

  • I actually love uphill hiking. It challenges you much more fairly than downhill, which just wrecks you even with the right technique.

  • I think I hiked with the cap on my trekking poles for a year before someone asked me why I don’t take the caps off… I learned something new that day:^)

  • Bryce, I love your videos but here I feel I ought to correct you on something. Those little rubber tips are worth keeping and using most of the time. Like 95% percent of the time while on trail. What happens when you don’t use them is those hard metal tips aerate the soil around the sides of the trail and this actually breaks down and erodes the trails all too quickly. I know this because I am a trail maintainer in GA with the GATC. You should keep them on there unless conditions are icy or so slick that those rubber covers are not helping. That’s it sermon is over. Take that info for what you will. Love your videos and looking forward to the next one!

  • Was thinking of doing the Inca trail for Machu Pichu and thinking whether or not trekking poles are necessary, it’ll be my first time hiking/trekking for a couple days and what I think is a scary trail. Any tips/guide on choosing the right one? Better brand? Or would cheaper ones hold up as well? I was thinking of foldable or retractable ones just because I don’t want them out there outside the trek.

  • My trekking poles were invaluable to me during my section hike on the AT last year. Did I use them precisely the way you say I should? No. In fact, I considered simply removing the straps cause I never used them, but my poles did the job, were a great assist for steep climbs and probably prevented me from a fall more than once. They’re just poles, it’s not rocket science.

  • when I start a hike I always extend the poles as far out as possible(140 cm?) I have taped my poles below the handles with tennis tournagrip down to the first knuckle-this way I can choke up or down without having to constantly adjust for change in terrain. Have used th poles on the El CAmino in Spain -but with the rubber tips over the carbide becasue it was mostly waling on roads. Have used the poles in Grand Canyon but there only with the carbide tips-if you trip or fall the carbide will cut into rock and create a secure grip -the rubber tips will slide on the rock-this is from experience where one in my party insisted on using the rubber tips -until he almost went over the side when the rubber tip failed to grab

  • Good points all around. I also like attaching a light to mine to make a porch light for whatever shelter im using. But what do you feel about the rising popularity of hiking staffs? Im seeing a couple being made in carbon fiber to further temp us.

  • Thank you, I completely ignored the poles until I convinced myself to see what they’re all about. Thanks to your advice not only that on my next hike I’ll have a pair but you would’ve made my hike 20%-30% easier:)

  • I love using my hiking poles! I have a pair made by a company “Earlyriser” turned me onto. “Hiker hunger” trekking poles… Love em’ super light and have been very durable for me! I like the folding locks I find them to be much stronger! ✌

  • Great video, my main trekking experince was TABing in the Army and I think my knees now feel it. The First time I have looked at walking poles and this a simple yet informative video. Thanks for taking the time to post it!

  • When I first started hiking, I avoided poles. But when I started using them I saw their huge benefit. Why use two cylinders in the engine when you can use four?? My legs have more endurance with the upper body assist, and you get your core involved as well. And, saves shock on knees on the downhill. I won’t hike without them!

  • Man those shoes are gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Guys telling total strangers what to do. What’s up with that? I run into you guys all over that trails… know when to but-out, Yoda.

  • You’re going to need a lot more gray before you can go wizard style. �� with a heavy pack, I find poles are used as much for balance as propulsion on uneven terrain.

  • Never thought about ascending with poles the way you show, I always ascended with them out front. It does help, but probably not as efficient as you show. Awesome video!

  • i have the “Leki Corklite Antishock” for 3 years now and my back, hips, legs, arms, shoulders and my GoPro hero session 5 are very lucky and happy to have them lol 😉

  • the problem with the “ski push” is that it puts unecessary stress on your legs and makes them work harder for that second when the poles are not in contact with the ground. the key thing with poles is that at least on of them should be in contact with the ground at all times to be able to get the most out of them.

  • Very informative. I’ve just started using trekking poles and this is the best instructional video that I’ve seen. Thanks for your time making this video.

  • Thanks! I knew about the correct grip but didn’t know that the wrong grip can easily lead a a broken thumb. I even took my poles out of the storage room to test it (unfortunately, your video doesn’t show how the correct grip works when you try to stop a fall with you hand).

  • I’ve heard that, when using trekking poles to climb upward, one should push off surfaces, rather than pull oneself up, with the trekking poles. Is this true? By watching the video, I can’t really tell whether you are pushing off the ground you’ve already gained, or if you are using the trekking poles to partly pull yourself upward.

  • Oddly enough after 10,000+ miles including 2 AT thru hikes, I’ve never “needed” poles. What’s “needed” is ankle strength, knee strength and proper footwear.
    Carrying and pushing off with poles not only requires more overall energy, it creates a significant impact to the trail in many respects.

  • one last note if it wasn’t mentioned in the video. in more precarious places where you may fall, don’t put your hands through the loops. if you fall you need your hands free to break your fall etc and having the poles stuck to your wrist can really make things worse (I know as I learned this the hard way some years ago)

  • Contents:
    #1 0:18 Stability (balance and traction)
    #2 1:25 incorporate upper body to your advantage
    #3 2:00 Prevent injuring or exhausting your lower body (special technique https://youtu.be/8jH9e4QGUP4 )
    #4 2:50 Move harmul obstacles such as spiky bushes or spoder webs
    #5 3:48 Probing (the depth of mud or snow, or in the dark)
    #6 4:36 Multi-purpose in general (as tent poles to lower total carried weight)
    #7 5:10 Unnatural sound (by hitting poles together scaring off bears and such)
    #8 5:55 Defense (or disguise to look bigger to scare off wild animals
    #9 6:50 Resting (leaning your chest on the poles and not having to take of your heavy backbag)
    #10 7:40 TheStickPic.com (for taking selfies)

  • Definitely going to try the downhill hand-on-top technique on my next hike. On my last backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains I got what felt like a shin splint in my left forearm. Very tender & swollen, and took a couple weeks to feel back to normal. Not fun and would have put me off trail if my hike was much longer. Technique matters!