Hiking/Trekking poles

18 Aug 2010 20:15 #1621 by anthony
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Trekking poles are definitely useful, and really appreciated when ascending or descending a steep gradient,but on more level terrain i don't find them that necessary, but hey you cant have it all so i rather just take them along.

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19 Aug 2010 03:38 #1624 by Serious tribe
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@intrepid

mine because of their age, also don't lock too well as the plastic cam bits and i think the inner alu tubes have worn. However, here is the solution, when they are extended to the correct length, grab both sides tightly and flex them outwards and then turn in opp directions, the plastic cams then bite into the alu sides and they lock. They can then be adjusted for most of the hike without any issues.

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19 Aug 2010 09:08 #1627 by mountain bear
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thanx serious tribe - lol - this has turned out to be a intresting topic 1

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19 Aug 2010 09:31 #1628 by plouw
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On a recent hike I saw a guy using two crutches! they seemed to work very well!
i just use a walking stick in my right hand, and after years realised that's why my left knee gets buggered up when descending. :laugh: maybe time to invest in two hiking poles.

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20 Aug 2010 09:26 #1635 by Serious tribe
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@ plouw

Before i used the trekking poles, i never used a stick, i would find it a bit weird, balance wise to only have one. Good idea, time for two poles.

Thanx group this is an interesting topic, and i enjoyed the response.

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20 Aug 2010 10:19 #1636 by kliktrak
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yeah i am also a recent convert.

in my mind they always seemed too cumbersome. I have carried one pole strapped to my pack for the last few years, and only really used it for steeper descents.

I am now in the process of upgrading to 2 poles [someone over on holiday in south of france is doing some shopping, due back in 2 weeks, so much cheaper!]

also could be age catching up that i need the extra support :blush:

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02 Nov 2010 15:53 - 02 Nov 2010 15:54 #1992 by intrepid
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Poll results:

Do you use hiking poles?
Yes: 21 (72.4%)

No: 8 (27.6%)

Number of Voters : 29
First Vote : Wednesday, 18 August 2010 08:40
Last Vote : Monday, 25 October 2010 12:16

I've now closed the poll. My analysis is, number of hikers with sore joints: 27.6% :laugh:

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Last edit: 02 Nov 2010 15:54 by intrepid.

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05 Nov 2010 15:37 #2004 by Deidre
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Very interesting post, cool that more than 70% voted for trekking poles! I resently submited an article "on the Edge" (follow link) on why you should use trekking poles.
Might convince the rest? www.on-the-edge.co.za/profiles/blogs/reasons-for-using-trekking

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22 Apr 2012 08:30 #53625 by plouw
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I see Cape Union Mart is selling the K-way Kilimanjaro aluminium poles for R150, half the price of the Carbon fibre ones. Has anyone used these? Do they last as long as the more expensive oones? They don't weigh too much more than the carbon ones.

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03 May 2012 06:33 #53709 by ghaznavid
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We had 9 members in our group:
- 2 use 2 trekking poles
- 3 use 1
- 4 didn't use them

I use the heavier K-Way one, it works very well and has done many kms. My old First Ascent one didn't last very long though.

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