@Claudia1212Hi Claudia!  Keep in mind that there are times you may certainly want to expand your pole length a tad more than your normal everyday walking routine.

When hiking down a really steep incline, being able to expand your poles is a fantastic way to use them to keep your balance without resorting to having your arms stretched all the way out to get them to gain purchase with the ground (as when walking downhill the ground is below your feet)

Conversely, when hiking up a steep incline, you can shorten your poles to keep your arms at a natural position.

It only takes a sec to adjust the poles either way, and makes a HUGE difference, which I think sometimes we all forget about.

 

good luck

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