How to use trekking poles LIKE A PRO! | Plus extra tips and tricks

Watch this before you use trekking poles for best results! I used to be so against using trekking poles until I learned how to use them correctly. While hiking I’d only use one pole for rough terrain, but now I’ve learned how to size and adjust, how to use the wrist straps and loops and when to use them, they help me crush bigger miles with less strain on my body and help me to hike further for longer.

Get yer mits on my poles here:
Alpine Carbon Cork:

Or the Ergo ones here:

In this video I’ll explain whether they’re good or not, how to use them on flat ground, uphill and downhill, I’ll show you which ones to buy and why, how to properly use the wrist straps and many more tips and tricks for getting to grips with your trekking poles.


Flip thru the miles

Kit list as of June 2020:

ULA Circuit:

Stratospire 2:
Zpacks Solplex:

Katabatic Sawatch:
Katabatic Palisade:
Neoair Xlite:

Altra Lone Peak 4.0:
Gaiters – Altra gaiters:


Waterproof shells
Rohan Helix:
OR Helium 2:
Frogg Toggs:

Insulated jackets
Patagonia Micropuff Hoodie:
Trespass Rustler:

Base layers
Ice Breaker base layer:

Rohan Expedition:

Patagonia Striders:

REI desert cap:
Berghaus beanie:


Salomon gloves:
Ski gloves:

Darn Toughs:
NB Flat Knit:

Mosquito net

Camino Buff:


iPhone 11 Pro Max:

DJI Mavic Air 2:
DJI Mavic Air 1:

Canon M50:
Sony RX100V:

Röde Micro:

Gorilla Pod 1K:
Gorilla Pod 500:
Manfrotto Action:


GPS units
Garmin InReach Mini:
Garmin GPS Map 66i:

Silva Field:


Sawyer Squeeze:

Purifying drops
Aquamira drops:

Water storage
Cnoc Vecto 2L:


Power banks

GPS tracking watch
Garmin Forerunner 35:

Wall chargers
UK :
US :

Apple SD reader:


H2R Nova:

Ice axe
Grivel Helix:

Trekking poles
Alpine Carbon Cork:


MSR Pocket Rocket 2:

Spoons and knives
TITO titanium spoon:
Victorinox mini classic:

Poop trowel
Deuce of Spades trowel:

Sit pad
Kumfie pad:

Tent stakes
Tarptent stakes:
MSR Mini Ground Hogs:
OEX Y-shaped stakes:

Tent poles
Zpacks carbon fibre tent poles:

Ground sheet
Polycryo ground sheet:


Pack liners and pods
Atom Packs DCF pack liner:
Heacy-duty rubble sacks:

Dry bags and stuff sacks
Sea to Summit 4L Nano:
OEX 2L dry bag:
Katabatic Gear silynylon stuff sack:

Pouches and wallets
Zpacks DCF Wallet:
Zpacks DCF utility pouch:

Food storage
Loksak OPSak:
Ziploc freezer bags:

Carmex lip balm:
Lifesystems Nano first aid kit:
Croakies eyewear retainer:


  1. Mountain_Del on March 7, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Good vid mate, you are spot on with that. I used to baulk at walking poles, now I can’t do without them. Atb👍 best wishes from Scotland

  2. ightwoman on March 7, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    You have no fxcking idea how to use those straps

  3. Martin Plant on March 7, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Very useful thank you. I just bought my first set of poles so stumbling across this video was very timely.

  4. Georgia Rogers on March 7, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Very informative thanks 👍🏻

  5. The Accidental Hiker on March 7, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    great vid, i absolutely loved having my poles with me, wouldnt have got up and down the elevations that i did and carrying the weight i was. especially handy for pitching an extra porch over my tent with a tarp.

  6. Eric B. on March 7, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Check out how to use XC ski pole straps then try it. You will find if you use straps that way you will have much more control over your poles with less forearm fatigue. PUSH on the straps instead of gripping the pole tightly.

  7. David Williams on March 7, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I use them. My doctor recommended that i use them, as i have back problems. they have made a difference.

  8. RA Chrysler on March 7, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Very helpful thanks! Hiking Alum Trail in Smoky mountains today, 1st × using trekking poles.

  9. The Lone Ranger on March 7, 2021 at 11:39 pm


  10. Joris van Laar on March 7, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    What are your thoughts on aluminium bending vs. carbon shattering?

  11. Kyle Rhatigan on March 7, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    How did you get the shot from above were you were explaining what asymmetry is?

  12. David Pinder on March 7, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    A great help watching this video. Can’t wait to see what difference my first trip with my poles makes on the hills. 👍

  13. D W on March 7, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    As you pointed out, the most important element to benefit from trekking poles is putting your hand through the strap correctly!

    When I first used trekking poles, I had a death grip on them and they were a hindrance. Now, with the poles setup correctly, I have less stress on my knees on hills and help when I have an 18kg backpack!!

  14. Hike Solo on March 7, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Tip for you.. when climbing hills try not overstriding, take much smaller steps and stay on your forefoot. Your Achilles will thank you for it and your legs will feel less tired after a long day with big elevation.

  15. Day Tripper on March 7, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing this very professional information video – really well put together. I definitely need to try these as I find going downhill on long treks really puts strain on knees and feet with backpack. This should really help with this. 👍🇬🇧😄

  16. Dead1te on March 7, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    at last, a trekking pole video that actually explains that you dont have to adjust and readjust the height all the time… yep, im a lazy sod lol

  17. Imran on March 7, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Concise. Great job. Thank you.

  18. Leo Dragon on March 7, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Nice vid. I started using poles about two years ago, more for uphill stability, but came here looking for info about correct use for downhill. Very helpful, thanks!

  19. Steve News on March 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    The best demo on propper use I have seen. Thank you. IMO every huker should have a pair with them and know how to use them regardless of their desire to use them. They are a vital part of one’s safety equipment and may help save your life one day.

  20. Mark - Baldy Goes Walking on March 8, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Short, concise, and very informative. I have watched 30 minute videos from “experts” that didn’t convey that much usable info… I have been looking at trekking poles since picking up a foot injury form carrying a heavy pack over rough terrain in boots that were too soft, but was not clear on usage… may well give them a go now.
    Thanks Russ 😀

  21. Mr Squirrel on March 8, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Good stuff! Greetings from northern Sweden

  22. Rh Negatives on March 8, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Great info. The poles really improves the posture, straight back. I saw so many hunchbacks on my last hike. Everyone should learn the proper way to use them.

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