February 18, 2014 at 1:23 am #12721
Awesome website. (I came across it while browsing Everytrail.com) My girlfriend and I recently got into hiking and it’s such a breath of fresh air from the daily office grind.
What are your thoughts and trekking poles and why do you use/not use them? An addition some are sold in singles others in pairs. I’ve seen photo’s in which some hikers are using two others only one. It seems to be hit or mis. We’re both in good shape though I sometimes have a little pain in my left knee (pretty minor but I’m sure it’ll get worse as I age) and wondered if they’re really of any benefit. (Honestly, being new to hiking I don’t want to look like an idiot using a hiking pole on an pathed out trail)
We got our started on the Santa Rosa Plateau (pretty easy hike with only a few hills I’m sure you’re probably familiar with) but we’re looking to venture into some more advanced routes.
At any rate, I’d love to hear your thoughts!February 18, 2014 at 1:27 am #12722
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Sorry about that! 😀February 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm #12727Jeff HKeymaster
Thanks for posting the question — and I’m glad you discovered an answer! As you saw, I am a fan of trekking poles, but when used properly. Having said that, I don’t always use them. For most shorter hikes I don’t carry trekking poles. For longer hikes with elevation gain/loss, I almost always bring them along. And for backpacking, I consider them essential.
As with everything, your mileage may vary. The key to success with trekking poles is learning to use them correctly — and I see far too few people doing that.
Santa Rosa Plateau is a beautiful area. Have you been to Tenaja Falls yet?February 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm #12728
I haven’t no, I just did a quick Google and the area looks beautiful. It also looks a bit more of an “authentic” hike as apposed to the breezy walk at Santa Rosa.
We’re looking for a fresh area to hit next. On Google Maps I can’t quite tell where the road ends and the trek begins. It looks like you park on Los Alamos and take Forest Rte on up?February 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm #12730Jeff HKeymaster
I don’t have a write-up for Tenaja Falls (yet), but my buddy Josh does: http://californiathroughmylens.com/tenaja-waterfall-cleveland-national-forest
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