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The Tale of the Lost Trekking Poles

Monday, March 19, 2018


I started using trekking poles back in 2007. I suffered a minor knee strain and needed some support while hiking. I bought a set of poles for under $20 at Wal*Mart and was quite happy with myself. Unfortunately, the poles were so heavy that my arms started hurting. That is when I began shopping at EMS (Eastern Mountain Store), and both the quality and price of the poles went up significantly! I paid about $100 for a medium quality light-weight set of poles.

My heart was set on getting the Leki Poles for $200. These poles have a perfect grip, easy adjustment, and outstanding support. Uncompromising performance and safety! Made out of titanium and carbon, LEKI poles have Aergon grips.

In 2010, my poles came to me on a hot summer afternoon while I sat at a deserted trailhead after a long hike. A hiker had left their Leki’s behind. There was no way of reaching the pole less people, so I took the poles home with me. What a find! I loved those poles and hiked with them for several years. Then one sad day, I had the same experience as the last Leki owner. I left them behind while hiking. Ten minutes later, I realized my mistake and returned for the expensive lost Leki’s. They had once again found a new home.
Learn this lesson from the lightweight Leki’s: Put your name and address on your poles. Make them distinctively yours, or you too may face the same fate as I. You could lose your poles!

Often as I pass an approaching hiker on the trail, I look longingly at their poles and ponder:”are those my lost Leki’s or could they be my next set of poles?” Poles have a way of passing themselves on to others!
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