For first-time users, a trekking pole can feel awkward. Here are the basics.
Heavy poles can tire your arms quickly, says The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide author Andrew Skurka: Stay under 14 ounces.
Set Your Height
Your elbows should be at 90-degree angles when the tips of your poles hit the dirt. On rough terrain, make the poles shorter.
Find Your Rhythm
Every step you take should sync to its opposite, says Skurka. Think left pole, right foot; right pole, left foot.
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