RE: [John Muir Trail] Slideshow: Adjusting Trekking Pole Straps For Max Effect
I didn’t need to enter anything to see the slide show. The website automatically pops up a subscription request, but if you close that screen you should be able to peruse the site.
The slideshow does not address use of the poles, just the strap. John graciously loaned me the DVD referenced below, and I HIGHLY recommend it. You would think pole use is so obvious as to not require instruction, but I learned some very valuable techniques from the DVD.
To address the problem of falling while strapped in I adjust my straps to be fairly loose and maintain a loose grip on descents. That provides a bit more responsiveness when trying to brace for a fall. But no question the poles can get in the way if you start to go down.
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Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Slideshow: Adjusting Trekking Pole Straps For Max Effect
I found it really helpful to pay attention to technical issues on trekking pole use. They look so simple, but pointers really help.
You need to have a subscription, apparently, to Backpacker magazine to view the link Roleigh has provided, but we have some trekking pole advice in our Trailcraft links area and there is a DVD sold at REI ($15) that demonstrates technique. I'd be happy to loan the DVD to anyone who will pay the postage. Last year it circulated from person-to-person for several months.
DVD at REI (the one I can loan you if you don't want to buy it)
Trailcraft: look for sub-folder on trekking poles
John Curran Ladd
1616 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114-3707
On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:31 AM, Roleigh Martin <marti124@...> wrote:
via Backpacker Magazine - backpacker.com on 1/26/11
Little did you know, but there's a right way and wrong way to strap on those trekking poles. Use this tutorial for maximum comfort and utility.