You may have seen them: adventurous hikers climbing up hills or across switchbacks using trekking poles
to help navigate the terrain. But what do those poles really do? There’s a common misconception that trekking poles are intended for older folks or people with physical limitations. While they can indeed be helpful for people with mobility issues, trekking poles can provide myriad benefits to the full range of active hikers. Whether assisting with balance or providing a better workout, trekking poles can improve anyone’s time on the trail.
Here are nine benefits to consider for making trekking poles part of your next hiking adventure.