How to Walk With Two Hiking Sticks

Hiking with two hiking sticks is great, it is harder to lose two hiking sticks versus one. If you have been losing or misplacing your hiking stick lately, try using two.


Walking with two sticks is very natural. They are great for an all-around workout, gives you balance, reduces stress on your joints and they are good conversation pieces.

Steps

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    When buying hiking poles, buy the ones that are easily adjustable such as those with the twisting lock. The higher priced ones have more durable hand grips, but otherwise the lower prices ones' locking mechanisms are sturdy.
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    Cut two short lengths of cord and tie your retracted hiking poles together when you are not using them.
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    Before using these poles, you should do some upper body exercises. A low intensity chest and upper back exercise with light dumbbells or cables will do. Washing a car, housework, or some other lite activity can get your upper body in condition for using these poles also.
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    Adjust your pole lengths to heights a bit higher than if you were using a cane. On the trail, you must have some leeway because of the uneven ground.
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    Shorten the poles when going uphill and lengthen them when going downhill.
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    After a rain, some parts of your hike will have ruts with water in them, use your poles here and walk on edge of the trail. Before walking on the edge of a trail, inspect the edge for safety reasons. If the other edge is safer, use that other side.
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    Generally, adjust poles so they are the same height. When your arms get fatigued, adjust the pole heights. In some situations, where the ground is sidewards sloped make one hiking pole longer than the other. For example, if you are going through a long stretch where one of your poles is in a rut, adjust that pole's height higher.
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    When scrambling, toss your poles to where you are getting to. In other cases, scramble with one hand and hold the poles in the other.
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    Make a shoulder strap and carry the two poles behind your back for when you are not using them.
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    Use the poles like when you are walking by swinging your arms naturally. Mimic the poling techniques of cross country skiers.
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    For a change of pace, use the two poles together like how cross country skiers do. When using the poles, in unison, alternate the leg you are assisting. Be creative, discover what works through experience and enjoy the process.
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    Hold the poles in different ways to avoid hand fatigue and in some cases to maximize their use. For example, holding the pole handle in the middle of your palm, like a walking stick with a rounded end, is very strong.

Tips

  • Use the rubber caps, on the bottom of the poles, when walking on asphalt. Remove those caps when on the trail. The pointed pole end could be used to make footholds on steep banks in the absence of a small pick.
  • If your day job has you using your hands a lot, use the straps and rest your wrists on them.

Warnings

  • In tough situations use whatever tool, method or technique that will be best. Do not use the poles if scrambling, using a rope, or using an extra long pole, that you got off the side of the trail, is better.

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Categories: Backpacking and Hiking | Walking for Fitness