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[pct-l] hiking Poles
Date: 01/06/98 09:02:52
Subject: Hiking Poles
Europeans have "pair pole" hiked for many years and
American hikers are
finding this way of hiking very beneficial. I used a
cedar hiking stick
made for me by a hiking friend during our hike last year
and it was "adequate." I say "adequate" because without
it my already unstable knee would not have lasted as long
as it did, but --- this year I will be using a pair of
Leki hiking poles! It seemed to me that most of those
that used a pair of poles last year seemed to have better
balance, went faster, and hiked longer.
Poles are also handy for all those fording adventures,
used for better balance and traction in the snow fields
and with practice, for self-arrest. They could also be
used to help hold up tarps for shade, remove limbs in your
way and critters on the trail!
Good Luck next year -- hope to see you out there!
Happy Trails -- Pat
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