On a recent hike up Half Dome, when I stopped at the Saddle, I noticed this cluster of trekking/hiking poles laying near a rock. The poles are a great aid on the 16-mile round trip and especially going up and coming down Sub Dome. When I go up the cables, I shrink down the poles and attach them to my fanny pack with 2 velcro straps. Many put them into their backpacks.
Personally, I don’t have enough trust to leave them at the Saddle. Good poles can cost $150 and up (Carbon fiber for $200!). Poles only weigh about 10 ounces each so they are not a major burden. I think I can count 10 poles in this stack. Someone of lower moral bearing might be tempted to grab a pair to hike down with. Your call.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Well the south side of Chicago is the baddest part of town. And if you go down there you better just beware of a man named Leroy Brown” – Jim Croce
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com