Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method @ Backpacking Light

Good stuff here: Many people I see hiking don’t use poles, and a number of them that do use them clearly don’t understand the range of use that these poles provide. Be sure to check the reader comments at the end of the article for additional info. I do think that Leki’s are unbeatable, due to their lifetime warranty on breakage of their aluminum line. The customer service is the best you could hope for.

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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2 Responses to Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method @ Backpacking Light

  1. Ray Anderson says:

    I’m a believer in hiking poles; I couldn’t have thru-hiked the A.T. without them, nor any of the other long hikes I’ve done. I have a tricky knee from an old running injury. Also, keep in mind, your poles provide a first line of defense against a wild animal, wild dogs, etc.

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  2. Fidgit says:

    I also find my poles incredibly useful for scratching itches on the back of my ankles. I dislike doubling over with a backpack on.
    Also good for reaching stuff once you’ve sat down at camp and don’t want to crawl the 3 feet out of your tent to grab a water bottle…

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