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Sierra Trading Post Tip: For some reason, carrying a hiking pole hasn't caught on in the
Using a hiking pole just makes good sense. The hiking pole helps you maintain your balance and adds stability when you're traversing rocky terrain, crossing a stream, or carrying an extra heavy pack.
They also help alleviate stress on your back, legs, knees, and feet, which means you can hike longer in comfort. Going downhill they reduce stress on your back and legs, and going uphill they provide balance and a little extra kick-start of power.
Carrying a hiking pole may not be as common here in the
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|