Top Tip #21 Trekking Poles

18th Dec 2015

Trekking Poles

The use of Trekking Poles has grown massively in recent years and they are certainly a great mountain accessory for a host of reasons.  The main problem with them can be carrying them on the outside of a rucksack.  They stick up like antennae and threaten to catch on every obstacle - a problem multiplied if you are scrambling or climbing with your rucksack on.

Peak Mountaineering's Top Tip #21 is a simple solution to the problem - store your poles inside your rucksack when you aren't using them.  This works a treat but requires you to give some thought to the type of poles you purchase as some simply won't fit inside a day sack sized rucksack.  

The ideal option is to invest in some of the newer style z poles which fold up very neatly and can then be easily slid behind the back panel.  We wrote about some great models of these that we've been using here.  Another option is to seek out some of the 4 section poles that are in the market such as the ones made by Mountain King (although we have no personal experience of using these).

If you have older style 3 section poles and don't want to buy new ones another handy solution is to simply take the sections apart before storing them in your rucksack.  Some pole mechanisms are fiddlier than others so the easiest type to use for this are those with external clamp locking mechanisms such as the Black Diamond Flicklock system. 

Now you never need to try and untangle your rope from your pole, unhook your pole from that rocky overhang and you'll certainly never poke your partner in the eye again!

Posted by Paul  

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