My name is Molly and I live & trek in central Oregon. Oregon's Willamette Valley is between the Coast Range to the west and the Cascades Range to the east. I am newbie trekker, albeit 60+ yrs old. My terrains are typically parks, residential historic streets, and small downtowns—i.e., blacktop & sidewalks…and some uneven ground. I learn a little bit each day as I go out with my poles. I learned to place my poles behind me as I walk to propel myself forward.
A pitch for trekking/walking poles: I go faster, I get a more vigorous workout, my strides are longer, and I feel like I'm cruising (much less effort!). Give poles a try. Have you used, would you recommend, trekking poles-- Yes or No? 🙂
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@Minnie welcome to community and thanks for introducing yourself; we're happy you're here! To answer your question, I have recently begun using trekking poles more consistently on my day hikes and I rely on them for backpacking - super helpful for balance and stability, plus I feel like my arms get a little work-out along with my legs!
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