There are pros and cons to using walking poles / trekking poles / hiking sticks.
Let’s start with the cons and eliminate them immediately. Then, we’ll continue to focus on why you should use them and preferable have 2 at hand.
I always get aches and other annoying symptoms when I do use them.
You are not using them the right way.
I want my hands to be ‘free’ (for a drink, my phone or whatever).
You should try using the wrist straps the right way.
They make too much noise.
You should use rubber tips.
Last but not least:
Make your poles uniquely identifiable. A simple mark with a marker can do the trick. There are a lot of poles out there and a lot of them will resemble yours or even be exactly the same ones.
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Start off by adjusting the expandable parts of the poles.
The number 1 rule is to simply always aim at keeping a comfortable 90 degree arm angle in your elbow.
When you first try out your poles just stand straight, preferably wearing the shoes or boots you will be using during your walk. Put the poles in front of you, keeping your elbows close to your body and the lower arm in a 90 degree position. Adjust the lengths of the middle and lower part of your poles accordingly until they have the right length.
Tip: take a marker pen and mark this baseline on the hiking poles, it will make it easier the next times you are adjusting them to get started.
You have 4 legs now, so gear up! Your left leg moves with your right pole and your right leg moves with your left pole.
Shortening the poles when you go uphill, and lengthening them when you go downhill, lets you keep the proper arm angle at all times.
Practice your walking pole technique. It just needs time to get used to them, but your body will thank you for it!
Don’t be surprised to have some muscle aches in your arms the first time you use them, that’s normal.
Using Trekking Poles helps distribute weight evenly and absorbs added shock to your knees and back when traveling different terrain.
The worst thing you can do is not using poles or use only 1 pole if you are carrying weight.
Buy good ones, your body is worth it!
Practice with them before you start your camino adventure.
Check the luggage conditions of your flight carrier as they usually are not allowed in the cabin.