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Old 01-02-2009, 06:01 PM
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Ski Poles ???

My knee knobs is wore out and am very shaky walking and hiking. I was thinking about going to flea market in Springs and getting two used ski poles to use when hunting-hiking. I got the idea off a stone sheep hunt I seen on tv. It was old guy like me climbing in B.C. with a pretty heavy looking pack and he has ski poles as an aid. Just wondering is anyone else uses ski poles as a backpacking aid when hunting???
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:45 PM
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Re: Ski Poles ???

That's what I used when my knees where giving me problems. I broke several expandable hiking/tracking poles. The ski poles are almost indestructible. I found an old pair in the garage but I'm sure you can get them cheap and ski-swaps or thrift stores.

They really helped reduce the stress on my knees. In fact, they seem to reduce fatigue all over - not just your knees.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:25 AM
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Re: Ski Poles ???

i have a condition called spinal stenosis. calcium deposits pinching the nerves. walking causes pain in the lower back, hips, and legs. im putting off surgery as long as possible. any tips on that condition? i wonder if ski poles would help that also.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:37 AM
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I have used ski poles for years when backpacking especially in the early spring when there is still frozen snow in the high country. They aid a lot when you are not in good shape and if you have to cross a large patch of frozen snow they really help. Donít use them when hunting but if needed I sure would.
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:04 AM
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Re: Ski Poles ???

I'm "walking disabled" from a nasty car wreck a number of years ago and I use a ski pole or 2 just about every time I have to walk on an uneven surface while doing outdoory stuff. In fact I used a collapsable (sp?) trecking pole my nephew got me for Christmass this morning to walk 300 yards from the truck to our goose blind across a plowed and planted field. If I'm in the wilderness and not on my ATV I probably have some sort of ski pole, treking pole, monopod or other long stick in my hand. For me it is more for stability so I don't snap an ankle or roll down hill but when packing a bag of decoys or my hunting gear or a backpack having the strength of my arms to share the load makes a HUGE difference on my legs and my lungs. My back is fine so no opinion on this issue.

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A standard ski pole is the strongest but the petaled (flower like) basket will snag on every twig or clump of grass and they load up with mud but they don't sink in the mud as far. Tip: cut off the square edges of the petals so it looks more like a star. They take camo paint nicely.

A collapsing trekking pole is very convenient (no help if the pole is not with you) but when they get dirty they can get difficult to collapse ot extend. The baskets are normally round(ish) so they dont snag as much but they have a tendency to dissapear when the going gets rough. They are the second strongest option. Dont put any more trust in them then you have to for dangerous walking because if they fail while stopping a downhill stumble you are going down. Paint can goober up the joints. The shock absorbing feature of some poles is a gimick in my oppinion. Actually a bit annoying.

Shooting monopods are just that. Same issues as the trekking poles but no basket so they poke into most damp soil and have to be lifted out with every step and the joints have the weakest locks so they don't support much pressure. They make a great walking cane, if you will, to improve balance but I don't reccomend them other than they can be extremey light weight and they serve to help steady a rifle for shooting and they are inexpensive (thrift store ski poles are cheap too). NOT FOR DOWN HILL SUPPORT OR CROSSING SHIN TRAPPING ROCK PILES. These are the most likely to fail in the grip as well as the joints. They are better in these situations than nothing, but not much.

Lastly, I never use the wrist straps. falling when walking is different then falling while skiing. Tripping with a metal bar strapped to your hand will be a fast lesson in leverage and you could soon be learning all the names of the tiny bones in your hands. Broken hands means no walking stick for the long trip back to the rig. IMHO
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Re: Ski Poles ???

Holy cow it sounds like we're all a bunch of old wobbly guys...



Thanks for the input. I'm off to the flea mkt in Springs on Saturday.
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Wobbly? Maybe. Old?? Never.
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