Ok good then, i will most likely pick up a pair. Mainly what i was worried about was the steep trails, i figured they would take some of the load off of you and distribute some of it on the poles instead. Do you seem to have more endurance with poles than without?
The hike down from the dome is one of the main reasons why i am looking into it. It is all downhill, but 12 miles is 12 miles no matter if it's downhill or flat. Plus, there are a couple other trips that are planned where we are going down from the dome yet again. That hazel trip should be great though, that is the one trip i have circled for the year and am REALLY looking forward to it. Guess we will see if it is worth the effort. By the way, i've been called crazy on more than a few times..........