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Old 03-20-2008, 10:46 AM
snaildarter snaildarter is offline
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My in-laws, in their mid-60's, use poles, and they are hike-a-holics. They really like their poles, although I make fun of them when we hike. I think the primary benefits are 1) that they really do help balance, especially when going downhill on long hikes (seems like it is similar to putting a hand on the ground), and 2) they help save joints, because you don't have to contort your body angles as much. Having said all that, I won't be using any until I'm old enough to feel like I really need them.
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