Trekking Instructions

 

Our heartfelt thanks for your purchase! 

    

We hope you'll find your new trekking poles to be of the highest quality.  We've spent lots of time and through different design iterations and refinements, and we're confident that these are well-designed, tough and durable trekking poles.  We hope you enjoy using them.  

Know that they are not indestructible, though.  Please continue reading to learn how to use them best and work without fail.  Most of the problems we've seen with the poles could have been avoided with proper understanding and use. 

If there are problems with the poles after you know how to properly use and adjust them, we're here to help!  Contact us on snowymountaintraders.com and we'll take the best care to make right any issue.  

Safety Warning

Note that although the trekking poles are high quality, things can happen to push them beyond their limits.  Mountaineering is a dangerous activity.  Your trekking poles are built to assist you with balance, climbing, fitness, and reducing stress on your joints.  They MUST be adjusted properly and used according to directions to achieve that.  Although strong, the poles can slip, break, or bend with improper use.  Injury or death can occur with dangerous hiking situations and we cannot and do not accept responsibility for your safety.  Please be safe and make sure your equipment is well maintained, inspected, and adjusted properly.  

Care and Cleaning

Your trekking poles can be wiped down with a damp cloth free from oils.  It's important to keep the poles clean between uses and stored in a moisture-free environment.  Your poles come with a storage bag, and that is a good place to keep them between uses or when traveling. 

Adjusting the Height/Length 

Before you hike, it's a good idea to learn how to adjust the poles.  The ideal height for the poles is when you can hold the handles 90 degrees from your body.  Extend the lower 2 sections equally and lock in place with the lever locks.  

Do NOT extend the extensions beyond the "STOP" marks printed on the extensions.  Doing so would weaken the poles in use and potentially they could bend or break under heavy stress.  Be safe by NOT extending past the stop marks.  The less the extension, the stronger the poles will be.  

The lever locks have a screw adjustment that controls how tightly they clamp the trekking poles to prevent the sliding of the extension pole.  Adjust the screw so that the lever lock will flip closed moderately tight. 

Test the extensions by tamping the poles into the ground.  If they slip, you can screw the adjustment nut tighter by turning clockwise.  To loosen, turn the adjustment nut counter clockwise.  The locks should close with a snap when they are properly adjusted, and the pole extensions should not slip.  Adjust one pole's extensions, and then mirror that adjustment on the 2nd pole. 

The poles should be set where you can hold your hand on the grip at 90 degrees from your body.  If you are hiking up hill for a long time, you can adjust them to be slightly shorter.  If you are traveling for an extended time down hill, then lengthen them to a comfortable length.

Be careful to avoid getting and grease, hand lotion, or any type of lubricant on the extension pole shafts as this will lessen the ability of the lever locks to hold the poles in place.

Tip:  Check the tension nuts on your poles periodically to insure they are tight.  If you have issue with the nuts loosening, cleaning any lubricants on them should help.  

Wrist Strap

The wrist straps aid you in keeping your hands on the pole grips while hiking.  They support your wrists and make it easier to grip the poles with less tension.  Slip your hand through the loop of the strap from underneath, and then place your hand on the pole grip.  The strap may need to be loosened or tightened to properly hold your wrist on the pole. 

If the strap is too loose,  pull the lower loose end of the strap a little at a time to tighten it. It should comfortably support your wrist, with the strap going across your palm and between your hand and the pole grip.

If the strap is too tight, pull out the plastic block at the strap base where it goes into the handle.  Then, pull the top strap out to give some extra length to the strap loop.  As you have loosened the strap sufficiently, then re-insert the plastic block back into the handle base, pulling on the lower strap end as you reinsert it to take up the loose slack.  

Adjust the strap for each pole to fit your hand.  

Grips

Your trekking poles have cork grips, which are excellent at wicking away moisture and keeping the palms of your hands comfortably dry.  As you use your poles, the grips will conform to the shape of your hands.  It may be useful to mark your poles left and right so that you have the same grip for each hand.  

Wipe the grips down with clean water and cloth between uses to keep them clean.  They will darken as you use them, this is normal.  

Storing Your Trekking Poles

If you want to hike without using one or both of your trekking poles, you can utilize the straps on the sides of your backpack if you have them.  Slip the trekking poles with the tips in the air in the straps and pull the straps tight.  By putting the trekking poles in upside down, you eliminate the risk of a lever lock catching on brush and the extension accidentally slipping out and being lost.

You can also disassemble the sections of your trekking poles and put them inside your backpack.  Your pack needs to be able to accommodate 20" of length in order to fully close.  

When storing your trekking poles between uses, place the hard surface rubber tips on them to protect the tungsten steel tips.  Use the two pole clips to keep the poles together.  Placing them in the storage bag along with the spare tips is a good idea to keep all the parts together for when you need them next.

Pole Tips and Baskets

 Tungsten Steel Tip Good for digging into dirt trails, ice, and soft surfaces 
Mud Basket Prevents your poles from excessive sinking into mud or soft surfaces
Hard Surface Tip Indoors, paved paths, and for storage
Rock and Road Tip Extra durable tip for rocks, roads, and other hard surfaces.  Provides a cushioning of impact to help protect your joints.
Snow Basket Helps prevent your poles from sinking into snow.

 

Hiking Uphill

Extend your arm forward and plant each pole tilted slightly towards your body and in-line with your opposite foot as you step.  It is hard to describe this but you'll get it as you start to put the poles in motion.  The slightly inward angle of the pole will help propel you forward as you transfer some of your body's weight onto the poles and use your arms to help propel you forward.  

The steeper the incline, the more closely the angle of the poles would be to leverage your arms to help propel your body up the hill. Push off as the pole moves behind you for an extra boost in your step. 

Utilize the straps to cradle your hands on the poles and lessen the stress on your hands, fingers, and wrists.  This will extend your endurance enabling you to hike further.

If you have a steep, long grade to climb, consider shortening the poles to increase the amount of leverage you can achieve with the poles.

Hiking Flat Surfaces

Extend your arm slightly forward with pole in hand tilted slightly back towards your body and in-line with your opposite foot as you step forward.  Push off as the pole moves behind you for an extra boost in your step.

Hiking Down Hills

Plant the tip of the pole in the surface ahead of you before you step forward.  As you step forward using the leverage you get from the trekking pole bearing a small percentage of your weight, you in effect lower yourself down the hill, lessening the impact on your joints as you step down the hill.  This gives you a more balanced and stable descent.  You may want to extend the length of the poles (each section equally) for steep or long descents. 

Hiking Over Rocks

Crossing rocks and boulders is especially hazardous.  The best thing to do is go around them if you have that option.  If you do need to cross rocks, use the tips designated for rocks for best grip.  If there is ice on the rocks, or the rocks are in a stream, the tungsten metal tips may be best.  This would be your call.  Avoid lodging the tips between the rocks and bending the poles.  If the pole does slip between rocks, lift it straight out without a leveraging motion which could bend your pole.  If you can plant your pole on a dirt surface while crossing rocks, that would give you the best chance to clear the rocks safely.  

Legal Disclaimer

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