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#4886 - 06/03/10 09:45 PM Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soreness
Bee Offline


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Loc: Northern California
ScienceDaily (June 3, 2010) -- A study by academics at Northumbria University has shown for the first time that trekking-poles help hikers maintain muscle function while significantly reducing soreness in the days following a hike.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602121000.htm
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#4889 - 06/03/10 11:11 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soreness [Re: Bee]
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> The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

Love that quote, Bee. Oh so true!

Regarding trekking poles: I used to scoff at hikers using them. Thought they were just extra weight. Then I tried them. Now you can't pry them out of my hands! ...of course, maybe that has something to do with age, too.

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#4890 - 06/04/10 12:39 AM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soreness [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
> The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

Love that quote, Bee. Oh so true!



The quote comes from an email that I wrote giving the only explanation that I could think of for why a tragedy had occurred in the mountains. When all of the obvious precautions had been taken, I declared that perhaps on that day "The weather conspired and the body betrayed"

Sometimes I amaze myself!
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#4891 - 06/04/10 04:53 AM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soreness [Re: Bee]
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I've always used them, and really didn't care what other people thought. Nice to see some scientific validation for what most of us knew intrinsically.

They clearly help distribute the work load, but my primary reasons for using them are maintaining balance and taking stress off of my knees on the downhills. I've stumbled more times than I can count, but I've never fallen while using them. They also help establish a nice hiking rhythm. Long live the trekking pole!

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#4892 - 06/04/10 05:26 AM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: Bulldog34]
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Registered: 11/02/09
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Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Even BB broke down and used some new poles this past weekend! I go back and forth myself. Last summer, while jogging down from Kearsarge after seeing Rosie, I had stashed my poles on my pack. Some random guy actually yelled at me for NOT using the poles, and that I was destroying my knees.
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#4898 - 06/04/10 08:49 AM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: MooseTracks]
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He was an HPB (Hiking Pole Bigot)

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#4901 - 06/04/10 09:22 AM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
He was an HPB (Hiking Pole Bigot)

And off to the Abbrevia it goes!
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#4903 - 06/04/10 10:06 AM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: wagga]
KevinR Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 595
Loc: Manchester, NH
They did a fine job of quantifying the obvious.

A bit like picking up the paper and reading the following in the Health Section:

"Scientists conclude that breathing counteracts suffocation", according to a 17-year study conducted at IDDDWRUKA (Institute Dedicated to Documenting What the Rest of Us Knew Already).

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#4919 - 06/04/10 02:15 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soreness [Re: Steve C]
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Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Originally Posted By: Steve C.
Regarding trekking poles: I used to scoff at hikers using them. Thought they were just extra weight. Then I tried them. Now you can't pry them out of my hands! ...of course, maybe that has something to do with age, too.

What Steve said.

CaT
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#4920 - 06/04/10 03:41 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soreness [Re: Bulldog34]
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Loc: Spring Valley, CA
Originally Posted By: Bulldog34
They also help establish a nice hiking rhythm. Long live the trekking pole!


Mine talk to me... "Bur-ger.. Bur-ger" smile smile smile


Edited by SoCalGirl (06/04/10 03:46 PM)

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#4922 - 06/04/10 04:10 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: SoCalGirl]
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They're really good for bopping the field mice on the head.
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#4926 - 06/04/10 04:14 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: MooseTracks]
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Originally Posted By: MooseTracks
They're really good for bopping the field mice on the head.


How do they work out for sleepy rattlers?

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#4935 - 06/04/10 05:02 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: MooseTracks]
Mike Condron Offline


Registered: 11/05/09
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Loc: Now Manteca, CA
And for chucking pine cones!!
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#4950 - 06/04/10 11:22 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: Bulldog34]
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Registered: 12/06/09
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Originally Posted By: Bulldog34
How do they work out for sleepy rattlers?


Well... I can actually answer that one... after my son nearly SAT on one of dem dar sleepy rattlers my good friend Thor used his sticks to poke and prod every bush for the rest of the trail.. I think the sticks warded off the sleepy rattlers!!!

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#4955 - 06/05/10 01:19 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: SoCalGirl]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
All it took to convince this pole Luddite was using wifey's poles once a dozen years ago.


Edited by wbtravis (06/05/10 01:19 PM)

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#6476 - 08/05/10 04:58 PM Re: Trekking-Poles Help Hikers' Muscle Function/Reduce Soren [Re: wbtravis]
Hadar Offline


Registered: 08/05/10
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Loc: CA
I've had my Leki Makalus for 23 years. When I brought them to the states 22 years ago and began hiking with them here, I always got wise cracks about forgetting my skis and 'where's the snow?' They are worth their weight in gold. We were using them in the alps way back then.

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