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: https://amzn.to/3eA1Xxy

Or the Ergo ones here:
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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.

BTW, I MADE THIS INCREDIBLE BIT OF GEAR

Flip thru the miles

Kit list as of June 2020:

Backpacks
Atom+: https://bit.ly/31oHlFF
ULA Circuit: https://bit.ly/37XbigX

SHELTERS
Stratospire 2: https://bit.ly/317A9gS
Zpacks Solplex: https://bit.ly/2CtyJmr

SLEEP SYSTEMS
Katabatic Sawatch: https://bit.ly/3fWSxNM
Katabatic Palisade: https://bit.ly/3ewt5OL
Neoair Xlite: https://bit.ly/2YrKSB4

FOOTWEAR
Altra Lone Peak 4.0: https://bit.ly/2B5fHm8
Gaiters – Altra gaiters: https://bit.ly/37ViBFY

CLOTHING

Waterproof shells
Rohan Helix: https://bit.ly/37ZKbSo
OR Helium 2: https://bit.ly/3fVmzBq
Frogg Toggs: https://bit.ly/2Nqlrth

Insulated jackets
Patagonia Micropuff Hoodie: https://bit.ly/2YwQZ7f
Trespass Rustler: https://bit.ly/3i0HODx

Base layers
Ice Breaker base layer: https://bit.ly/3eGSdlG

Shirts
Rohan Expedition: https://bit.ly/388teWl

Shorts
Patagonia Striders: https://bit.ly/2Npw2EX

Hats
REI desert cap: https://bit.ly/3hWUKdJ
Berghaus beanie: https://bit.ly/31dGvvi

Sunglasses
Sungods: https://bit.ly/2zZ0wKG

Gloves
Salomon gloves: https://bit.ly/2ByVMMf
Ski gloves: https://bit.ly/383TCQX

Socks
Injinjis: https://bit.ly/3dwpmPG
Darn Toughs: https://bit.ly/3hX28G2
Sealskinz: https://bit.ly/3hXAnNG
NB Flat Knit: https://bit.ly/31e0Dx1

Mosquito net
Smidge: https://bit.ly/2B8d9DH

Buff
Camino Buff: https://bit.ly/31awGho

FILM AND SOUND

Phone
iPhone 11 Pro Max: https://bit.ly/2NosT83

Drones
DJI Mavic Air 2: https://bit.ly/31oIn4v
DJI Mavic Air 1: https://bit.ly/2VbNn8E

Cameras
Canon M50: https://bit.ly/3eyCPrQ
Sony RX100V: https://bit.ly/2NqQOUy

Mics
Röde Micro: https://bit.ly/2Npt1nX

Tripods
Gorilla Pod 1K: https://bit.ly/31c74Rf
Gorilla Pod 500: https://bit.ly/3ewApts
Manfrotto Action: https://bit.ly/2Ys689O

NAVIGATION

GPS units
Garmin InReach Mini: https://bit.ly/384Keg4
Garmin GPS Map 66i: https://bit.ly/3dxY4bI

Compass
Silva Field: https://bit.ly/31aS3iD

WATER TREATMENT

Filter
Sawyer Squeeze: https://bit.ly/2YwRJt3

Purifying drops
Aquamira drops: https://bit.ly/3euuQM9

Water storage
Cnoc Vecto 2L: https://bit.ly/31e1AFB

ELECTRONICS

Power banks
20,000mah: https://bit.ly/2NnBQyA
13,000mah: https://bit.ly/3hZhvOg

GPS tracking watch
Garmin Forerunner 35: https://bit.ly/3drJUc9

Wall chargers
UK : https://bit.ly/2BxbgQW
US : https://bit.ly/3dpUIrb

Data
Apple SD reader: https://bit.ly/2VfnnsW

EQUIPMENT

Lights
NU25: https://bit.ly/2Z5S70p
H2R Nova: https://bit.ly/2BB5fCV
Tiki: https://bit.ly/3hXBKfi

Ice axe
Grivel Helix: https://bit.ly/2Z6e0Nm

Trekking poles
Alpine Carbon Cork: https://bit.ly/3hXWiUL

Traction
Microspikes: https://bit.ly/3fQC5hV

Stove
MSR Pocket Rocket 2: https://bit.ly/2Vfl4WL

Spoons and knives
TITO titanium spoon: https://bit.ly/3ey0oAT
Victorinox mini classic: https://bit.ly/2Yr7dP8

Poop trowel
Deuce of Spades trowel: https://bit.ly/3i7H3c6

Sit pad
Kumfie pad: https://bit.ly/3euvJnX

Tent stakes
Tarptent stakes: https://bit.ly/3hZik9O
MSR Mini Ground Hogs: https://bit.ly/3ew7VAe
OEX Y-shaped stakes: https://bit.ly/31bAnnd

Tent poles
Zpacks carbon fibre tent poles: https://bit.ly/3du14pM

Ground sheet
Polycryo ground sheet: https://bit.ly/37XLmBW

STORAGE

Pack liners and pods
Atom Packs DCF pack liner: https://bit.ly/2YrMPxo
Heacy-duty rubble sacks: https://bit.ly/31dqPba

Dry bags and stuff sacks
Sea to Summit 4L Nano: https://bit.ly/3hVi8Z3
OEX 2L dry bag: https://bit.ly/3dx6qjX
Katabatic Gear silynylon stuff sack: https://bit.ly/3expU9n

Pouches and wallets
Zpacks DCF Wallet: https://bit.ly/2VgbQcL
Zpacks DCF utility pouch: https://bit.ly/2CuHAEq

Food storage
Loksak OPSak: https://bit.ly/2Nq2VkD
Ziploc freezer bags: https://bit.ly/2Z8GOVz

MISC ITEMS
Bodyglide: https://bit.ly/2Nt5Wka
Carmex lip balm: https://bit.ly/31bqBRW
Lifesystems Nano first aid kit: https://bit.ly/37XVv1v
Croakies eyewear retainer: https://bit.ly/2B8fmit

22 Comments

  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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