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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Brad] #3192421 07/30/09
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Brad, you get an "A" for originality. E

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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Brad] #3192497 07/30/09
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Brad,
So, when are you going to show a pic of Dober using his walker? whistle

Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: NimrodRx] #3192621 07/30/09
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Get an AT tent... only needs one trekking pole. And one pole is a great help. Just use it on the opposite side from your bad knee.

If you want to try it, visit the Boy Scout store. They sell a pair of decent trekking poles for $20.00. With shock absorption. By the way, if your shock absorption makes noise, take the pole apart and oil it.



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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: SamB] #3192818 07/30/09
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Be very carefull about oiling a trekking pole. If it is a twist lock, you may never get it to lock again.

The Black Diamond Flicklocks are the most fool proof there is, although Leki is coming out with their Speedlock, an external locking pole.

Even though I usually only use one pole hunting, Like others have said, I often have a second on or in my pack for extra stability when carrying heavy loads of meat.

As far as Brad's cane, I'll have to wait until I'm as old as he is, oh wait, I guess I'm already older smile


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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Ed_T] #3194061 07/30/09
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After pretty much destroying 2 cheaper pair of trekking poles in 2 years, I stepped up the quality today (and price!!)

I boughht these, hope they work out http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/trekking-poles/contour-elliptic-shock

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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: actionshooter] #3195025 07/31/09
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I am normally a fan of two poles but last weekend I thought I would give just one a try. Big mistake as I found myself getting jacked by a midget and I was left with none. The good news is that I was told I could order myself a new set when we got home because the first pair were staying with the midget. All five year olds need a set of Komperdell's.

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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: wyoelk] #3195405 07/31/09
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Five year olds need a basic walking stick so they've got the opportunity to whack at stuff while they hike. grin


Cute photo BTW. You can tell he's really giving a good effort in that downed lodge pole.


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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: 222Rem] #3198522 08/01/09
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Wife was scoped last Summer. I guess she's feelin' OK because she wants to do a 4-day slog on the Olympic Coast. Here I've got a bigass outrigger canoe where we can pack in a grand camp and sail and fish all over the place, have steaks every night, and she wants to hump in and walk for vacation. Eat dried [bleep] for several days. OK. We've got Ti Goat goat poles, very nice and light, twist lock can be ornery. Leki's, two twist locks per pole to malfunction, but also nice. But I still use my Ramer pushbutton poles from '85. Anybody remember those? Still going strong. I'm leaving on the self-arrest grips, which I think Black Diamond has taken over? Or maybe Life Link? I forget. But my point is that those things, reasonably padded w/ some spare clothes and duct tape, become very functional crutches. If wife blows out her knee, she can hobble out, rather than pay for an airlift.

Son and I hope to catch some surf perch.

Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: huskyrunner] #3199287 08/02/09
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If I'm really needing to cover some country I use two poles. I find them more helpful on steep downhills than the up hills. At least that's where it sms to help my knees the most. I have a pair of Leki's which have been through the ringer a few times, but they do work. However, I will be going with the external flip lock style next time.

PS- Don't let a horse step in one, it makes a bit harder to adjust... wink

Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: pointer] #3199514 08/02/09
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I tried some Ti Goat poles last year. Both my brother and I had them. I got them because they were the lightest collapsible pole.

We each ended up breaking one pole. They are freakin' light, but don't hold up to much abuse. My bro and I aren't small by any means (I'm 6'1" 220 and my bro a little bigger) and with weight on our back, had to be careful not to put a ton of pressure on those little poles. I think the poles would be good for getting in shape, fast paced, lightweight hikes.....not for week long trips, bruital terrain, and heavy loads. I ended up ditching them at base camp on a trip down, then used a large stick the rest of the time when I had big loads.

My buddy had a single pole (with the "V" on top to hold a gun). That is what I am going with this year.

my $.02.

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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: AHM] #3199992 08/02/09
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I, too, have a well used set of poles. Mine happen to be Leki Ti's. When I get around to buying another set, which will be before I finally wreck one of these Lekis, I'm going to ask Ed T for his opinion of the toughest, non shock absorbing models out there. They are on my "never leave home w/o at least one" list. E

Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Eremicus] #3202073 08/03/09
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IMO, the black Diamond Flicklock poles are the toughest around.
Specifically the Contour Elliptic Carbon.

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/trekking-poles/contour-elliptic-carbon

I have been using and using hard the Gossamer Gear LiteTrek 4 poles and love them. They are the lightest adjustable poles available. I have had no problems with the twist lock and they are unbelivably light. I plan on using them this year for hunting, but will hang onto my Black Diamonds just in case.

The Litetreks might not be durable enough for packing heavy loads on meat in off trail, rugged terrain.


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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Ed_T] #3202154 08/03/09
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Cane... try it.


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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Brad] #3205100 08/04/09
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Brad, please don't take offense, but I think I'm going to give the BD elliptical a go. I'm 5'8", so I think I can get by with the compact version.

Then I got to thinking... If I have poles, I'd be a damn fool not to have a tarp tent. Been kicking around the Granite Gear White Lightning.

http://www.basegear.com/whitelightnin.html

What'ya guys think?



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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: NimrodRx] #3206507 08/05/09
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The White Lightning is a nice tarp, but you might also want to consider the GoLite ShangriLa 2.


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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Ed_T] #3206755 08/05/09
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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: Brad] #3457886 11/06/09
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Just found this old thread. I am most curious about the cane idea. What are the benefits of a cane over trekking poles and walking staffs?

Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: junglecarbine] #3459317 11/07/09
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young chicks don't bother you so much at the trailhead.

Dober says that's why Brad uses them.

he used to take off to go hiking, be back at his house much, much later all sweaty and bedraggled, but with no pix of high country!

think Dober was worried that Brad's wife would put two and two together eventually so he gifted him that cane.....problem solved

if you notice Brad never has pix of himself using a pole in high country, just the cane.

lots of exuberant college girls that like to hike or use up energy in other ways in Brads AO

am pretty sure the cane has saved Brad's life, well at least his back and marriage.

how do you think he got the name flatlander?


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Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: 1akhunter] #3475012 11/12/09
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I got it. I went walking today with a full backpack and forgot my trekking poles. I picked up a stick that what was something like a cane. After using the stick today, I realized the great advantage a cane can give you and that is a much greater ability to transfer weight to the cane which is nice going up and down steep hills. Trekking poles are definitely better for stabilizing and walking over fairly level ground. But I now want to go out and get a cane for moving through the hills.

Re: considering trekking pole... [Re: junglecarbine] #3475386 11/12/09
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Yep, after mountain goat hunting here last week in the snow and ice I'm swapping to a 90 cm ice axe instead of trekking poles. Similar concept to the cane as far as weight transfer and stability goes, but with more tools in one piece of equipment which is always a plus in my book. After a couple trekking poles break while carrying 100+ loads on mountain sides as very unopportune times I am ready to swap to something a little more substantial. Also the ability to self arrest in the snow is much easier when sliding down the snow fields with a load of camp and goat meat on your back with an ice axe vs. a trekking pole. And if I break an ice axe I have better fish to fry.

So the 90 cm ice axe is on Alaska Lanche's wish list to santa this year.

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