azbackpackr wrote:You don't see double poles very much in places where hiking is less popular. For example, hiking up Telegraph Hill in Yuma is a very popular form of outdoor exercise in the cool seasons, although hiking in general really isn't a very popular pastime here. But I can't remember seeing more than just a couple of people using poles there, although it is VERY steep and would be helpful for someone with bad knees.
You also don't see them much in the White Mountains except on very busy trails such as Baldy and Escudilla, and around Pinetop-Lakeside. Locals don't use them much. It's mostly the tourists from Phoenix who are using them.
nonot wrote:Lots of people misuse hiking poles, and I see the death grip quite a bit. I disagree with the technique, if you want to take pressure off your knees, the strap should end up below your wrist so that the leverage of your arms (not hands) against the strap takes the weight off your knees. Requires barely holding onto the poles at all. If you do the pinch and grip technique you will end up pinching the fleshy part of your hand between the thumb and forefinger which will get quite sore after many miles.
The only downside is you can transfer weight so effectively you can bust the straps off the cheaply made poles.
rushthezeppelin wrote:Another thing not mentioned much that poles help with is swelling of the hands. When your really getting your blood flowing your hands tend to swell and you can really feel it......and they look like sausage fingers. Carrying poles applies enough pressure to the hands to cut the swelling down so that it doesnt feel so awkward when you have do something with your hands.
cactuscat wrote:can't imagine hiking the Canyon without them.
nonot wrote:one pole is the way to go!
Agreed. As it is, going through thicker brush (like on my last few climbs) I wished my single pole would extend and retract automatically with every step. Since it can't, two would definitely be a hindrance for me.hippiepunkpirate wrote:two poles would be an absolute hindrance.
Only problem for me with that is the number of times I'd walk away, forgetting the pole on the ground. I've done that on a number of occasions with my snake hook, once hiking an extra 2.5 miles/1000' AEG to retrieve it.Grasshopper wrote:thus I only have to pick up the one pole that has fallen from my body to the ground vs needing to pick up two poles that would fall
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