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Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2015, 05:03:16 PM »
Brockabrella!

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Offline Buck

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2015, 08:31:54 AM »
I usually just pick up the nearest downed sotol stalk and use it until it I don't need it anymore and then return it to nature.  Repeat as necessary.
"Hey, how 'bout a Fandango..?"

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Offline Talusman

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2015, 11:40:06 AM »
I do the same thing as Buck. I learned that from seeing a picture of Buck Hiking!
"To Think is easy. To Act is difficult. To Act as one Thinks is the most difficult!"

Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2015, 12:44:35 PM »

Energy Consumption

First off, trekking poles require more energy to hike with because they involve your upper body muscles (arms and shoulders) as well as your lower body muscles. So, while trekking poles may reduce the level of perceived exertion you experience, you are going to burn more calories if you use them.

I'm going to say I'm skeptical of this claim. It may be that the act of using poles makes your upper body exert more (maybe) but that doesn't mean the overall energy used is greater. My exercise physiology text book is old, but at the time it was published there was very little evidence-based statistical info on the amount of energy spent with upper arms being used/not used in exercise, e.g., on an elliptical trainer. I would be curious to see any experimental data of the use of hiking poles and total energy consumption.

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Offline Buck

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2015, 01:48:08 PM »
I don't know about the energy consumption calculations/ratios, but a hiking stick has kept me from falling off the side of a cliff once or twice, so I guess you could say it's allowed me to continue to consume energy.  ;)
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Offline dprather

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2015, 05:00:25 PM »
Poles - I prefer the legendary 5", $5.00 push broom handle.  Glue on a rubber tip and go.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2015, 07:56:22 PM »
On my last outing, on a whim, I used a #3 golf iron  :icon_biggrin:

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Offline jl1976

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2015, 08:28:35 PM »
After reading the replies and laughing at some. It comes down to everyone has there own opinions and even with the best review we are all different. I am sure everyone here has more than one backpack, Tent and other camping equipment that they read was good and ended up not being what they thought it was.
Well my 2nd post and my 2 cents anyway. 

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Offline dprather

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2015, 09:21:08 PM »
I have heard that good poles relieve pressure on hips, knees and etc.  That's important for old guys like me.  But this old guy finds the poles really awkward.  Using them is almost like learning how to ice skate. 
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline brave6

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2015, 09:41:41 PM »
Went without poles for years.  Made fun of a hiking buddy that used 'em.  Started using them a couple of years ago and haven't looked back.  I don't rely on them much on level terrain, but they ease my movement on inclines/declines.   

I like them for cross country travel as I can use them to push back brush and the like rather than getting thwacked in the legs.  We did a cross country trip in Yellowstone last summer in and they were a godsend for pushing through a couple of miles of tightly packed, 8 foot tall new growth. 

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #40 on: January 14, 2015, 06:55:48 AM »
I have a version of this that I will try on my next excursion.  Mine has a leather seat (which I need to repair) and is not adjustable, but it fits me.

http://www.amazon.com/Spectator-Seat-Stick-Combo-Walking/dp/B001VO2L60

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Offline Zopilote

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #41 on: January 14, 2015, 10:31:26 AM »
I just dug out 4 cents,so here goes. I have been using the Letchugilla stalk for many years. The Letchuguilla stalk is much the same as the Sotol, but it really confuses the athorities. Add a wrist strap and any other personal touches, and you have a great trekin' pole. The tip of the stick will ware down abbout an inch a month, with use. I guess if anyone wanted a matched set of Lechuguilla Trekin' Poles, they could special order through Victor.                                                             Also, am i the only one who has thought of putting knobby tires on a "walker"?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            just stumblin' around in the desert.

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #42 on: January 14, 2015, 12:09:11 PM »
Quality, light-weight treking poles, such as those made by Leki, are worth every penny you spend on them. I especially like the telescoping variety so that I can change the length according to terrain or to simply stow them on the side of my pack. I used wood for years, but haven't looked back since adopting the poles. As far as leg protection goes, I use (and swear by) turtleskin gaiters. They are light, water resistant (not proof), and breathable and have been thoroughly tested against North American pit vipers much less your garden variety pitaya, prickly-pear, or tasajillo. I wear them all year for trail work, guiding, and surveying in mountain and lowland contexts. They even make a full leg version for those of you who cannot resist the temptation to wade through thickets of catclaw.
"The greatest happiness possible to man ... is to become civilized, to know the pageant of the past, to love the beautiful,... and then, retaining animal instincts and appetites, to live in the wilderness"
- J. Frank Dobie

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Offline dprather

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #43 on: January 15, 2015, 10:01:53 AM »
With all of the legitimate concerns recently expressed on here regarding cranky Federal personnel, I'd like to compliment State personnel, specifically Ranger Tim.

Ranger Tim gave me some good advice on here regarding an October trip up on Mesa de Anguila.

Appreciating his good advice, during a Thanksgiving trip to the park area with my wife, I made a point of going to the Barton Warnock Center to meet and thank Ranger Tim face to face.

Ranger Tim and his co-workers were top-drawer nice and were even interested in hearing my story, as I was interested in hearing more good advice from them AND their constant pitch to try some of the Big Bend Ranch State park trails.



Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Looking for suggestions of trekking poles/leg protection
« Reply #44 on: January 15, 2015, 12:56:22 PM »
Ranger Tim and Barrett and the rest of the BBRSP staff are the best!

 


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