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10 Uses for Trekking Poles

Posted: Friday, July 8, 2011

This piece on trekking poles is one of the very first things I ever wrote. The pictures are all from a backpacking trip in Mt Rainier National Park and our group was small, but lots of fun.

The primary reason to carry a trekking pole is because using it reduces the stress on your knees by 25% when you're going downhill. Even women who never have knee problems sometimes start feeling twinges when they go steeply downhill.
going downhill 
The bigger the step down, the more you'll appreciate how much a trekking pole helps.
going uphill
Of course, using a trekking pole when you're stepping up or going up hill is helpful too. Sometimes it gives you that little boost you need, especially at the end of a long day or when your pack is heavy.

But the real revelation is how many other uses there are than simply using them for hiking!

Improves your balance when crossing a stream
crossing a stream

 Allows you to wet your bandanna without taking your pack off or bending too far  over

dunking a bandana
Great as a hat rack. Or a good place to dry your
clothes after you've washed them

hat rack
Gives you a third leg for crossing slippery snow fields
crossing snowfields

 pack support

Supports your pack when you're taking a break, so everything stays upright. If you   do it right, you can then use your pack as a back rest.

  

Assists you in picking up trash and helping keep the wilderness litter-free
picking up trash

 Its also useful for assisting with setting up a tight tarp.

setting up a tarp
And last, but not least,   they're great fun for playing with, especially on chilly mornings when you want to   warm up before putting your pack on. 
playing

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