Trekking poles , also referred to as hiking sticks or walking poles, help hikers and walkers by improving their strength and stability, especially on rough and hilly terrain. Trekking poles minimise the pressure on walkers' knees, especially when descending hills. They also provide support for the back, legs, and feet. In addition, trekking poles improve balance and help to control speed. Trekking poles have two main parts: the pole and wrist strap. Users should know how to make the necessary adjustments to these parts in order to have a comfortable walk.
It is important to use the trekking pole wrist strap correctly to prevent aching hands and sprained wrists. To check the length of the strap, open it so that the hand can slip through the loop easily from below. The loop should anchor around the wrist so that when the user opens the palm it is easy to grab the handle of the pole. The user should be able to relax the hands so that the strap does most of the work. Users of trekking poles claim that they reduce the pressure on body parts by up to 20 percent. If the strap is set correctly, it should be a firm, but comfortable, fit. If the strap is too tight, then it is too short, and if there is little to no support, then the strap is too long. To adjust the length of the strap, pull the side that has a small plastic wedge at the end. This loosens the strap so that the user can make the loop longer or shorter to suit the wrist.
Trekking poles have three sections connected by small wedges that loosen or tighten each section. Twist a section anti-clockwise to loosen the wedge, and then move the lower section to adjust the pole to the desired length. As a rule of thumb to determine the ideal length, the walker's elbow should be at 90 degrees to the straightened pole when holding the strap.
Hikers in hilly terrain should bear in mind that they need to adjust their poles during the walk. Users should shorten the pole when ascending hills and lengthen it when descending. However, when following a slope that zigzags, it is best to use more than one pole: one long and one shorter, and then alternate them at each turn. Hikers should test different pole lengths to find the most suitable measurement for the terrain.
The number of trekking poles that users require depends on their comfort levels. In general, if the terrain is smooth and the walker is carrying little or no baggage, then a single trekking pole is sufficient. If the terrain varies in ruggedness or the walker is carrying a substantial load, two trekking poles are more efficient to provide stability and support. Using two poles also allows hikers to engage both the upper and lower body, thereby providing a full body workout, which increases fitness levels.
Try not to grip the handle of the trekking pole too firmly because the straps should take most of the strain. A relaxed grip allows the trekking pole to swing naturally and minimises pressure on the hands. The pole should swing with the opposite leg, so if it is held in the right hand, it should move forward with the left leg. For smooth terrain, the pole is planted at a backward-pointing angle to propel the walker forwards with each step. Users should flex and extend from the shoulder joints rather than the elbows. For steep or uneven terrain, users should plant the poles upright to provide more support. This increases safety and controls the speed of movement, especially during a descent.
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