Very few hikers in India today use hiking poles. Yet, several studies have demonstrated the importance and effectiveness of hiking with poles. They are as important as using a helmet for skiing or cycling.
This article shows how important poles are for hiking. It’s mostly a question of safety and protection for your joints.
Hiking poles can make walking easier on you and keep the risk of falling or injury to a minimum.
These are the main advantages.
Helps achieve greater balance
Hiking poles provide a certain degree of stability and confidence when walking. It helps you achieve greater balance and prevents you from falling. They will provide great support when crossing obstacles or walking over dodgy terrain (snow, ice, rocks, clay or deep water). When hiking, the top cause of accidents is slipping, so using poles helps you reduce the risk.
Preserves your joints
Poles preserve your joints by spreading the impact and load between your arms and legs. When descending, they can help absorb shocks, thus sparing your knees, ankles, hips and spine. It has also been proven that the use of poles reduces the impact on your knees by 25%. They can also be really useful when climbing up, especially providing relief for your quadriceps and hamstrings.
Reduces your effort
Your arms and legs share the effort, so you relieve your legs, especially when climbing up. Moreover, you can walk more steadily with poles. This pace also helps to reduce the fatigue you feel.
They propel you along, especially during ascent.
When you can use your arms to pull yourself up, thus reducing muscle fatigue and lowering your heart rate.
Here’s a video that can help you learn how to adjust your hiking poles!