I’ve probably mentioned it, but I’m waiting for a knee replacement. (Should be within the next 2 months). Anyway, my regular walks have been getting more and more unbearable lately, and I have finally given in to the peer pressure from my friends (rather than stopped hiking) and bought some hiking poles!
They are only cheap ones, but I did a fair bit of research into what I needed and went for it. They are Aluminium and Telescopic with 2 sections that are adjusted by spring loaded press studs.
I got them home, read the instructions, set them to my height and hit the trail behind our house. Here’s my Strava stat’s:
When I started out I was like Bambi on Roller Blades, there were limbs going everywhere, as well as me missing the ground with the odd pole. It took me a hundred metres or so to get into a rhythm, but I soon picked it up.
Once I got into it, the poles felt like second nature and were easy to control. They are super lightweight, so no burden, and if they’re not being used they can fold up really small and be stored easily in a daysack or side pocket of a rucksack.