Lately, whenever I go hiking I always find myself grabbing my trekking poles, regardless of whether I am hiking 1 mile or 20 miles. It doesn't matter if I am ascending one hundred feet or descending several thousand, they have become an essential part of my outdoor gear I never leave home without. They are simply a part of my kit nowadays, ready at a moments notice, and I don't see leaving them behind anytime soon. That being said, here are some pros and cons for you to consider when thinking about using trekking poles on your adventures on the trail or in the backcountry:
I’m on the ‘pro trekking pole’ side. I hiked Mt. Whitney without them and regretted every painful step on the way down. Having them after that, saved my knees, made me more stable, and (the more I used them) I found more uses for them than just for ‘trekking’.