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OC Backpackers Message Board GREAT TIPS AND LESSONS LEARNED FORUM › tip on hiking poles

tip on hiking poles

Hampton, VA
Post #: 56
when going up hill, SHORTEN your poles; going downhill, LENGTHEN them, increases stability.

straps - use like a ski pole; bring hand up thru the loop from the bottom, the lower hand so strap is between thumb and forefinger; allows hand to 'rest' on the strap.
A former member
Post #: 6
Knowing you, you did it backwards just to see if we were paying attention
Hampton, VA
Post #: 58
Thanks Buff, good catch, I did have it backwards! (I changed it)
Mike T.
user 191147363
Portsmouth, VA
Post #: 2
This tip is a real hand/grip saver. My wife was gripping the poles and simply had her hand thru the strap.. on her wrist.. kinda like a safety for dropping it.. but it wasn't letting her hand REST as she hiked. After a quick demo on proper strap usage.. she now loves her hiking poles!
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