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Roy&Lynne

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Posted: 09/15/19 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thought I'd pass this along.
My husband walks with a cane and has a balance problem, but loves to hike. We use ADA approved trails but but I still worry. We joined a disabled hiking group and they suggested buying trekking poles. They come adjustable so that when you hold them your arms are at a 90 degree angle, but if you are over 6 foot, you need to make sure you get the right size and if in doubt go to a store like REI for expert advise and fix. They are under $40 bucks so worth the cost.

(Im probably the only one who didn't know this LOL)


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Posted: 09/15/19 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe you are the last one to know, but better now than never. I've been using them for years, sometimes even in town. People stop me in the medical building lobby and ask where to get these poles.


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Posted: 09/15/19 05:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've been using trekking poles for at least 20 years. They have save our bacon more than once on rocky trails in Colorado and Arizona. At our age we now call the geezer poles. Wife got cocky in the Tetons in August and was walking on a trail that was an accessible trail. Decided she didn't need the poles. Guess what? She did a face plant and bruised her knee, ribs and wrist. She is ok but still kicking herself knowing she would have caught herself if she was using the poles.

Just an FYI on buying poles. Do not try to save money by buying bargain poles. Highly suggest carbon fiber for weight savings and strength. Black Diamond is an excellent brand to look at.


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Posted: 09/16/19 06:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't forget good hiking shoes. Cheap hiking shoes/boots will kill your feet.


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Trekkar

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Posted: 09/16/19 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trek poles are great. We use them all the time, as we hike various terrains. As said earlier, get a good pair with comfortable hand grips. Enjoy the trails!


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Roy&Lynne

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Posted: 09/16/19 01:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

See, I was right, only one who didn't know about them.

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