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Trekking Poles Can Save Your Hips

Feb 27, 2008
If you are an avid hiker, an elderly person, or you are worried about falling on the trail you could benefit from using the right trekking poles. Trekking poles, otherwise known as walking sticks can save your knees, hips, and back from serious strain and possible injury on the trail.

What is also great about these poles is that they allow some people, who wouldn't be physically able to hike otherwise, to go hiking for long distances just like anyone else. However, there are things to consider before you just go out and buy any kind of pole.

You do need to consider some fundamental issues that will lead you into selecting the appropriate trekking poles. These include:
* How to adjust the length of the poles
* The size of the grip

You don't want to exceed a length that is greater than your hips. As for the trekking poles' grip you would be well advised to find one that is comfortable to the hands. If the grip size is too big or small your hands are likely to become sore after a couple hours of hiking.

Different Poles Have Advantages And Disadvantages

You will find that different trekking poles serve different requirements. If you are hiking on rougher terrain you probably want to choose a pole with a fixed length. This gives you added flexibility that will not cause unwanted vibrations though the pole. However, most of these fixed length poles are made out of carbon fiber, which is quite brittle and therefore can break easily.

If you hike more even terrain you will find that adjustable trekking poles will most suit your needs. Adjustable poles give you ideal balance and protect your knees. They also can be used by different people of different sizes and heights. Best of all they can also prop your tent at night.

The classic trekking poles, or walking sticks, are those that are made from wood and are available as long and short poles. They tend to add a touch of style as well because they usually have many intricate designs carved into them. The disadvantage with these is that they are not adjustable and are often heavier than their aluminum counterparts.

If you like to take pictures while you are out on the trail another great feature of trekking poles is that they can double as a camera monopod. If you are going to use one from time to time for this purpose you probably want to buy an adjustable pole.

Hiking is certainly great exercise as well as a wonderful way to get outdoors and enjoy nature. But safety should always be your main concern. If you are worried about falling or putting too much strain on your knees, back, and hips a trekking pole could come as a great service to you. Simply use the suggestions above to figure out which type of pole is right for you.
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