I'm also really confused about what pack to carry. I'm 5ft 4 and weigh around 60 kg. I need some help here.
While I agree with @Anniesantiago's advice, the video demonstrates a very poor grip technique. It requires one to continually grasp the pole grip - a very tiring way to use the pole. If you are going to use the pole this way, it is no better than a classic wooden stick, and much more expensive to boot!Trekking poles. As wayfarer mentioned, there are great videos on YouTube on how to use trekking poles properly. I see more people using them wrong - they should move naturally with the movement of your arms BEHIND and NEXT to you, rather than out in front, PUSHING you rather than pulling. The only time they should be in front is when you're going downhill. Anyway, look on YouTube.
Here is a video, and if you look alongside it, lots of others:
@Kayci, I adjust my pole length so that my forearm is roughly parallel with the ground when I am on level surfaces. While it is generally unnecessary to do much adjustment for slopes, there are a couple of places on the CF where it will be beneficial to shorten the poles going uphill, and lengthen them going downhill.Hi Kanga, thank you for the reply. I have another question. I've purchased trekking poles and have already worked out that walking up hills is so much easier with them. What is the rule about how long they should be?
Thank you again,
When I did some superficial searching for pole related injuries, all of the fractures appeared to have resulted from high speed skiing accidents. I must admit that this was a surprise, as I had expected that with mostly older people using walking poles, there might have been some from walkers. Perhaps we older walkers are keeping our bones stronger with the range of physical activities we are undertaking.Yeah, I agree, Doug, although grip is a lot like "boots or shoes" when you come down to it.
I also think putting the straps around your wrists is a mistake.
If you fall, you have a broken wrist.
Everybody has to find the way that's best for them, but this was just to show that there are videos available.
T2andreo you are amazing! Thank you so much for this advice. I live in country Australia so it now appears I need to travel to Brisbane to try on my pack. I thought I could buy it online. Had my heart set on a Deuters AC Aera 28 SL but unfortunately it is not for sale in Australia.
Again, thank you to everyone who has responded!
T2andreo, I did it! She squeals with excitement! I've ordered the Futura using the link that you gave me! Thank you!
My next question Dougfitz is I've been reading a little about tips of the trekking poles. Mine have solid metal points but I've seen a photograph of poles with rubbery suction caps. What should I use? Can I change the tips on my poles? And should I?
@Kayci you do not have to replace the carbide tip - the rubber tip is pushed on over the top.My next question Dougfitz is I've been reading a little about tips of the trekking poles. Mine have solid metal points but I've seen a photograph of poles with rubbery suction caps. What should I use? Can I change the tips on my poles? And should I?
Thanks Doug. Please tell me to desist if my endless banter gets too much..... But a rain jacket ... Is is called gortex? ... Sorry but I remember seeing them in Kathmandu.
Again many thanks!
Goretex is one of several 'breathable' membrane technologies. Some, eg Vaportec, hint at their purpose. Others like Goretex and Event, don't.Thanks Doug. Please tell me to desist if my endless banter gets too much..... But a rain jacket ... Is is called gortex? ... Sorry but I remember seeing them in Kathmandu.
Again many thanks!