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RE: [pct-l] Hiking poles

Actually, I don't think it was the spring that was producing most of the
noise (though I could be wrong).  The poles are very thin and light, so when
you really slam them down on the ground, they bow out just a hair.  That bow
instantly snaps back and sets up a lateral vibration that makes a
clattering/buzzing sound.  That, and the unavoidable "tap, tap, tap" as you
plant the points on rocks and things.  It wasn't *really* loud, but it was
noticable.  It's the sort of thing you could learn to tune out pretty
quickly, kind of like a rattle from your backpack.  Walking normally on
level or uphill sections, the poles were very quiet.


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Yip [mailto:AndrewY@micrografx.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 1999 10:07 AM