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RE: [AT-L] Re: [AT-L] Re: [AT-L] Walking Sticks vs Ski Poles

I wanted to add that I use a set of trekker poles. When taking on steep
trails, whether up or down, they give you that balanced support. I heard
John Vehman say in one of his Trailside shows, that carrying a full pack
over a ten mile stretch, the balanced support of the poles reduce over 1000
pounds of stress on your knees. Now I'll still use my walking stick when I'm
leading Cub Scouts, because it tells a story they like to hear. They find
their own sticks and carve away. But on long personal satisfaction hikes,
I'll use my trekker poles.

Please reply, if you wish.

Edward S. LaVine                                        GridNet
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>Sent: 	Tuesday, September 10, 1996 2:52 PM
>To: 	Ed LaVine
>Subject: 	[AT-L] Re: [AT-L] Re: [AT-L] Walking Sticks vs Ski Poles
>At 11:03 AM 9/10/96 -0500, you wrote:
>>On a side note, on a trip to the Shenandoahs, I discovered that the Lekis
>>have another use - bear repellents. Just a few clanks of the Lekis against
>>each other, and mother and baby took off running. :)
>And the are also great cow repellants.  In '95, my wife and I camped beside
>the trail just across Elk Garden before the ascent of Mt. Rogers - in the
>morning as it started to rain, we were totally surrounded by 10 quite large
>Angus cows, who we feared were going to crush us in our tent! Nothing would
>make them move until I clacked my Leki poles together - they immediately
>turned and headed down the trail.  Maybe I should sell these to farmers?
>Mark and Janet Holmes 
>Full Moon and Celestial Spirit (Ga-Me '95)
>Fox Hill Inn - Innkeepers
>VA 16
>Troutdale,VA  ( 4 miles from Dickey Gap on the AT)
>AT Hiker stopping point in the Grayson Highlands!
>540-677-3313 or 1-800-874-3313 (for reservations)
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