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Does Anyone Out There Use Walking Poles? Need Advice.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I've read that these are big in Europe, but I've not seen anyone use them here in my city. They supposedly burn 40% more calories than a regular walk! WOW! Would appreciate any advice on this. Thanks.
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  • ADDISADDICT
    http://www.backpacking.net/walkstik
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    I've been pondering poles as well.

    This site has some good info about poles. There are pros/cons to each type of pole. I've seen the trekking pole used around here by walkers on the paved bike trails. We used to use tree branches growing up when we hiked through the Alleghenies. One guy on the backpacking site mentions using one-piece billiard cue sticks he found at a thrift store that performed quite well.

    You can take the frugal route and make your own using wooden broom sticks, cane tips and nylon straps for the wrist. You can get cane tips at the pharmacy. Crutch tips might work depending on the diameter of your pole. I, myself, intend to go with a less expensive pole (broom sticks or branch) just to see if I like using them. If I do, I can always upgrade later on.

    Please let us know what you find out! Hope your day is great. :D

    Becky

    PS: The kitty sitting on the left in your background photo looks like he/she is up to something! ;-) They're beautiful!
    3932 days ago
  • NERVOUSWRECKIAM
    I use telescoping hiking poles when I hike. I have used them OTR when I was walking with a backpack because they help balance you out.
    3932 days ago
  • SURENDERISNOTME
    I have never heard of walking poles. i have seen an have used walking staffs. They are long pieces of wood. I bought one a a medieval fair. It is nicely carved smoothed. I have used them when I have gone hiking in the woods and walking over rough terrain. It has been a long time since I have used mine.

    Debbie
    3933 days ago
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