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You Will Need
- Trekking poles
Adjust pole length
Adjust the poles properly so the grips are level with your elbows. When your hands are in position, your arms will be at about a 90 degree angle. This position is best for walking on flat terrain. Lock the poles in place.
Adjust poles for uphill and downhill walks
Shorten the poles if you're going downhill and lengthen them for uphill. Some poles have soft grips at the tip of the pole and below the main grip, so you can adjust your hand rather than the pole.
Position the wrist strap
Slip your hand up through the wrist strap and tighten for comfort. The base of the strap should touch your palm, letting the strap take the strain so your hand and wrist don't ache.
Use poles as extensions to arms
Swing the arm and pole opposite your stepping leg like you do when you walk naturally. Use the poles as extensions to your arms. Push down on them as you step so they absorb some of the weight.
Keep poles clean
Clean dirt and debris off your poles after each walk. Happy trails!