Take a Hiking Pole on Your Next Hike
It is downhill ski racing competition of winter Olympics. You watch a ski racer zoom down slope manoeuvring through ski gates. However, you notice that something is missing. The skier has on skis, boots, and a giant slalom skin tight racing suit. You realize what’s missing when their arms flail about causing them to lose their balance on a patch of ice. They are missing their ski poles.
It is cross country skiing competition of winter Olympics. You cheer from crowd as skiers fly down trail. Each skier pushes hard with their ski poles. However, one skier is left far behind pack because he does not have any ski poles. His graceful cross country rhythm has been interrupted due to a lack of balance.
In both cases, skiers lost race because they were missing their ski poles. Ski poles are vital because they help maintain balance, provide support, and relieve some of pressure off your body. If use of a ski pole is so crucial, then why is it that many hikers do not use a hiking pole during their hikes?
You might not think of a hiking or trekking pole as a necessity until you compare hiking to cross country skiing. In hiking you traverse across a terrain of varying degrees and obstacles. There is constant stress and strain on your muscles and joints as you navigate through rocks, sandy areas, and elevated terrain. Your knees and lower back are constantly adjusting to pressure placed on them. This can lead to soreness and pain. This is comparable to demands of cross country skiing.