Respect for trusted equipment.Don't like them so I do not use them. But i was just reading about the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Japan and found it interesting that the tips of poles are cleaned each night at the place where you stay and hiking poles are placed in a special place to "Sleep' over night.
To me, an extension of my arms. Absolutamente imprescindibles.LOL, my hiking poles are my very trusted friends. I would never give them up and they are cherished and respected to this day (I lived in Japan for 13 years).
I would also never think about doing a Camino without bringing them along. I consider them basic equipment, along with well fitting socks and shoes.
Unless you have serious ortho issues, my recommendation is to not do it. I do have ortho issues and almost always hike in the United States with poles, but did not need them on the Português.Looking for some places in PORTO to purchase hiking poles. Any recommendations? Thanks