Beginner Backpacking Part 18 – How to use Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles – Are they worth it? How to use them the right way.

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Matt Bullock says:

Have you and Gary ever thought about hiking the JMT, that would be awesome!

Wolf Packs says:

Nice video! I just upgraded to a pair of adjustable Leki poles due to a new tent purchase and some of your comments in other videos on Black diamond poles.

cgriggsiv says:

I just bought myself a pair of trekking poles and a trekking pole tent can’t wait until I get in next week
Excellent video for beginners by the way good job keep up the great work I love all your videos

karen wehman says:

Your videos are great. THANK YOU for the valuable information. Not only have you helped me get into backpacking but you’ve save me A LOT of money. Appreciate the time you’ve taken for this.

james dye says:

first comment!

Greg Brady says:

I find the rubber tips work well on the trail…and grip rock better than the carbide tips because they have more surface area,,,

GoneCommando says:

What a great video this was very helpful. Looks like I will be getting some adjustable trekking poles. Thanks a bunch.

Jae cubed says:

Great video… useful information and made me LOL with some of your comments.

Dirk Anderson says:

I bought mine from Target for $20.00 so far they are holding up.
I just used them in the “correct” manner for the first time yesterday, will take a few hikes to get use to it.
That said, even incorrect technique helped with my knees etc.
Thanks for the video, who knew?

AerialTraveler says:

Nice introduction video into trekking poles. Other options/features to consider are shock absorption, warranty length, grip type, ability to rebuild or replace parts and collapsed length. Z-type poles are easier to pack into airline luggage (must be a checked bag). Removeable rubber tips are a must for airline travel, those carbide tips will puncture soft-sided luggage easily. Shock absorption may sound gimmicky; higher-end poles with good absorption systems can reduce arm and hand fatigue by reducing impact shock and reverberation. Poles with a shock absorption system do give a little which takes getting used to. It is annoying having something in your hand all the time, a down side for those who take a lot of pictures or snack often on the trail. Mine have saved me from taking several bad spills, a very good thing when you’re 10+ miles deep into the back-country.

uptrail71 says:

Trekking poles work good and I should think about using them again someday. I’m celebrating my birthday tonight packing for tomorrows adventure. LOL

Knot-N-Head says:

A way of saying ty for these video’s is that I make walking sticks and would love to make ya one (or a matching set), you would need to ofc give me any special features you want, carved saying, etc. The idea is it would be custom. I have made them for others, I enjoy it, but ty again.

Virpukka says:

Also if you have same problem than what I have with my hands, that they get swollen when I do hiking, the poles helps with that. With poles I never have that issue. The main reason why I got them though was that I can not see how far away something is. In hiking that is real issue when going downhill in places where you have to step down from one rock to other example. With having a backbag on it gets scary real fast when you don’t have a clue how big jump you have to do to get where you want to go. On my first hike I had to ask people help me because I chikened out in one point. Went and got my poles after that hike and haven’t had a problem with those parts after that. The pole gives me visual aid to see what the distance is. Really wouldn’t go on hike without them.

Kevin P says:

The trekking poles have saved me from falling on my butt numerous times. They also save your knees when you’re hiking down steep mountains. I used them for breaking when the trails are steep coming down.

Thomas Zabel says:

Carbon poles vs. Aluminum? I bought aluminum because of lower price, and have had no issues yet, but I haven’t done any hardcore multi-day backpacking. Should I be concerned that aluminum is weaker or anything like that?

R. Mason says:

I LOVE my LEKI poles and take them on ever hike. But even on long day hikes, the straps leave blisters. I know I’m holding them the correct way cause I’ve watched countless videos and they are loose like you were talking about. Anyone have advice? Or do I just have to deal?

Season .Appreciation says:

Thank you – great tips

DominicNikon says:

Great video. helped alot

Goose says:

Will we be able to buy the shirt you have on?

Smertrios0 says:

I have the Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon poles, loving them so far.

Jay says:

I purchased my trekking poles from Wal-Mart for $18.

Fly Rod Hiker says:

I’ve been thinking about trekking poles, but I’m a big guy. 6’4″ and pushing 300 pounds. I just wonder how well will they help hold me up especially when going down hill? Thanks for the video

Stefan Bruhn says:

I got some leg pains during the first few days of my thru hike of the Camino de Santiago back in 2014, but I was dead set against poles. One of my fellow travelers forced me to borrow a pair and then buy my own pair in the next town. I finished the entire hike (33 days) and I’ve been using them ever since, and am definitely a convert!

Bla Bla says:

Great video. I was looking forward for this one.

Matt Knapp says:

Trekking poles are also helpful for blocking overhanging brush, especially when its thorny, and to help relocate the dreaded rattle snake.

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