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Learn The Way Of Mastering Your Trekking Poles

by Berlin EP 15 Mar 2024
Trekking poles are a game-changer for outdoor enthusiasts. They offer a boost in stability, improved balance, and reduced stress on knees and joints. But to unlock their full potential, proper technique is key. Here's a quick guide to get you started:

Fit and Posture:

  • Adjust your poles so your elbows form a 90-degree bend when gripping the handles with the tips on the ground.
  • Maintain good posture: stand tall with shoulders relaxed and core engaged.

Walking on Flat Terrain:

  • Employ the "opposite arm-opposite leg" technique. As your right foot steps forward, plant the left pole slightly angled at 70 degrees in front of you. Repeat with the other side. This creates a natural rhythm and propels you forward.
  • Keep your wrists loose and relaxed, letting the straps support your hand.

Tackling Hills:

  • Uphill: Shorten your poles slightly for better leverage. Plant the poles behind you and push off as you step up. This reduces strain on your legs and core.
  • Downhill: Lengthen your poles for added stability. Plant them slightly out to the side, taking the weight off your knees.

Bonus Tips:

  • Double-plant your poles for extra stability on uneven terrain or when crossing streams.
  • Use the rubber basket attachments on loose surfaces and the wider snow baskets for winter hikes.
  • Practice in your backyard before hitting the trails to refine your technique.

With a little practice, trekking poles will become an extension of yourself, enhancing your enjoyment of every hike. So, grab your ELEMENTS PLAYERS Trekking Poles, embrace the outdoors, and happy trails!

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