When do I absolutely need to use a hiking pole?

Our legs and knees were designed to handle a great deal of pressure. Everywhere we go and any time we travel we are using the lower half of our body – even when we are driving a car or getting on and off a bus, we are moving our legs in order to get to where we need to be. Because we place so much pressure on our legs every day, they have become strong enough to handle most of what we can throw at it.

A hiking pole is designed to take the pressure off of our legs – pressure that we often feel that we can handle on our own. Yet there is no doubt that using a hiking pole is a great way to make sure that you are able to withstand the hike. So when does a hiking pole become necessary? When is a hiking pole valuable enough to warrant its use?

1.      Backpacks and Extra Weight

When people go hiking, they often carry a great deal of extra weight with them on their back. That extra weight is extra weight that are legs are not used to supporting. As a result, there is a drastic increase in pressure that can cause knees and joints to experience a great deal of strain, and make leg muscles tired much more easily. The hiking pole takes and distributes that pressure, allowing you to carry extra weight without a great deal of increased strain.

2.      Long Hikes

On extremely long hikes, the hiking pole is extra valuable. Anyone that has simply taken a walk on flat terrain for several hours has felt the pain and pressure that occurs on one’s feet and legs by the time the walk is over. Hiking is even harsher terrain, and maneuvering up and down hill only increases that pain. However, if you use a hiking pole on a long hike, there will be less pressure and you will have an easier time completing the excursion.

3.      Poor Weather Conditions

When the ground is wet or snowy, or there is loose dirt, or anything that can cause you to lose your balance and fall, hiking poles can help keep you standing, allowing you to keep your balance as well as test out areas before you step foot onto them. In the event that you do slip and hurt your foot, the hiking pole can take some of the pressure off the injury.

4.      Weak Legs

Finally, not everyone has the strength to take long hikes without putting too much strain on their legs and knees. Many people lose joint strength as they age, and those that don’t may simply be feeling achy or tired from an event the other day and could use the extra support. Hiking poles are designed to take pressure off of your legs whenever you need that pressure reduced, and if your legs aren’t feeling up to full strength, the hiking pole can help ensure you are still able to make your climb.

Reducing Leg Strain

Our legs can handle a great deal – but they cannot handle everything, no matter how fit you are. A hiking pole can help you reach the top of your climb easily, without experiencing too much strain over the course of your travels.