How to use a trekking pole

Should you use a trekking pole to put your weight on it or just to stabilise yourself? How long should it be? Should the length vary when you’re climbing up or down? There are lots of common questions when it comes to a trekking pole. Technically, you can even fashion a good trekking pole out of dead wood, but if you have a trekking pole, you can use it how you want to and make it most effective. Here are some tips on how to use a trekking pole.



Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers. Swathi is known for her expertise in digital content, which has made her a much sought after resource in many events. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to impact a person's mind, body and spirit. Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

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  1. Trek poles are extremely valuable, but the quality of trek poles the quality of rental trek poles provided was really bad. My wife and i found our two trek poles had broken plastic locking part on day 1 itself. We pretty much just carried the two trek poles as dead weights through the entire trek. A good trek pole helps not just the knees but with safety in avoiding slips and falls.
    Moreover to our surprise on the final day they seized our deposits because they “found” it to be broken! We just returned it in the state we got it. But he wouldn’t have any of that. Even if we had broken it, had we bought this from decathlon, we would have been able to return it under their 2 year guarantee and get a replacement for no cost. So that’s exactly what we did and bought our trek poles now for our next trek.
    So renting trek poles from IH has been a disaster. Just want to share our experience with others who may run into the same issue!

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