Ten years ago hardly anyone used trekking poles, but now its rare to see someone on an adventure without them. Trekking poles help improve balance on uneven ground and save energy going up and down steep trails. Some studies have shown that trekking poles can reduce impact force by up to 40% on your knees, something a backpacker or hiker of any age can appreciate.
Trekking poles are an essential tool for hiking and mountaineering. Trekking poles, like ski poles, allow your arms to help propel you forward and upward. Whether walking on flat ground or up steep hills, poles can help to increase your average speed. They also reduce the impact on your legs, knees, ankles, and feet. This is especially true when going downhill.
Walking with poles can help you establish and maintain a consistent rhythm, which can increase your speed. This is especially true on flatter, non-technical terrain. The extra two points of contact significantly increase your traction on slippery surfaces like mud, snow, and loose rock. Poles help you maintain balance in difficult terrain such as during river crossings, on tree root-strewn trails, and on slippery bog bridges. Staying balanced in turn helps you move more quickly and more easily.
Trekking poles can be also used for things other than trekking. For example, they save the weight of bringing dedicated tent poles. Trekking poles are much stronger and more rigid than tent poles, so they're less likely to break in high winds.
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