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Alex92
2007-12-10 22:45:58
Walking Poles continued
I too always use walking poles in the hills. I find they reduce stress on the knees, increasing endurance and making ascent easier. As pointed out by padodes, you can go into quadruped mode and spread the weight out more evenly around the muscles by using the arms. Also, as people who hike in the Mournes will know all too well, crossing soft, marshy ground can be difficult with a heavy pack on your back. However with two poles you are much better balanced and they can make aided jumps across really boggy bits. They are also effective when crossing rivers. The only thing is that they keep your hands full, so if you're in a bit of a tight spot where they are not required, they can be a bit of a nuisance.
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