|Josh on Mt. Elbert using his Leki Hiking Pole|
In my last post, I listed my favorite hiking shoes, backpack, and hand warmers for those cold mornings or winter hiking. In this post, I will discuss the pros and cons of hiking poles and my favorite outdoor clothing and accessories. The gear you wear, and items you take with you on your hike can very well save your life if something happens out in the wilderness.
Hiking Poles: I recently bought a pair of hiking poles for the first time last winter after hiking in Colorado for 7 years without using them. I bought the poles because I started this blog and I was solo hiking very frequently in the winter in slippery conditions and after several falls that almost caused an injury; I decided to splurge and buy some poles. Hiking poles aren't cheap, to say the least, and this was on reason Josh and I didn't have a set; they typically range for a set of good poles from $75 - $200.
The criteria I had for my poles:
1. Poles had to come in a set of 2 (some are just a single pole)
2. Poles had to be adjustable enough so Josh who is 6'4" and myself who is 5'3" could both each use one pole and it would support our height and weight
3. Poles had to have anti shock
4. Poles needed to weigh very little and easy to lengthen and shorten
5. I had a budget of $100
I have three items of clothing that I am happy to endorse.
|Eddie Bauer Goose Down vest; St. Marys Glacier|