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RE: [AT-L] Re: Hiking pole holes

Of course, one could carry a tube of spackling or putty to fill each pole
hole. This discussion is getting more stupid with each reply.

Why can't we move to a more logical topic, such as, "The Fall Leaves are
Changing Soon".

Edward S. LaVine                                        GridNet
Sales Order Administration                         http://www.gridnet.com
"If it is to be, it is up to me"

>From: 	athiker@www.plantnet.com[SMTP:athiker@www.plantnet.com]
>Sent: 	Tuesday, September 17, 1996 2:59 AM
>To: 	Ed LaVine
>Subject: 	[AT-L] Re: Hiking pole holes
>Michael Vaughn wrote:
>>As for poles, they can certainly help if you are an infrequent hiker
>>and/or you're carrying a heavy pack- particularly on rocks, stream
>>crossings, and steep climbs. But, in the spirit of the "less is better"
>>philosophy, I've always tried to make it without hiking sticks or poles
>>of any kind. I believe it strengthens you and improves your balance and
>>concentration to the point of not needing them in most situations. 
>>I know the inveterate stick/pole users will disagree, but I would
>>encourage you to try hiking sans poles for a while first. 
>Less is worse, in my case. I have less padding, nee cartilege, in both of
>knees and have degenerative arthritis in both joints, so hiking poles are 
>now a necessity for me. I started hiking in the early 70's using neither 
>staff, nor poles. I started using a staff in the late 70's, ala Colin 
>Fletcher and really loved it. Then I got injured/old, whatever, and my
>just don't want to go down hills anymore, so in '96, I gave in (sold out?) 
>and purchased poles. Best piece(s) of hiking equipment I've ever purchased.
>At least I can hike now. Without them, I would have to give it up. They do 
>take some major weight off of the knee joints. 
>Peter H. Fornof