Zen and Trekking Poles

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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As many of you know, I am a big fan of trekking poles. Wednesday night I attended the presentation on the proper use of these great hiking aids. Jayah Faye Paley is “the trekking pole guru.” She has become recognized as the authority on the use of poles. Her program goes over the benefits of poles, how to use them properly and actual “parking lot” training. 

Jayah talking poles










These sessions are great for those who recognize the value of poles for stability, balance, aid ascending and knee relief on downhills. Jayah runs a website called AdventureBuddies.net (note: .net not .com). She’s written a lot of blogs on technique and use. She has produced 2 DVD’s on pole use – available through her website. You can even find her on YouTube.

A full house at REI Mt View

A comment on Finances. You get what you pay for – you will find Asian mass produced poles that you can buy at big box stores. Good luck. Stupid is as stupid does. Quality poles are warranted for life. Personally, I like LEKI poles. They are a German company that is the leading manufactuer of ski poles, trekking poles and Nordic Walking poles. Give your body a treat – get Hiking poles; your knees will love you.

Mr Half Dome & the Trekking Pole Guru










Unrelated thought worth quoting: “One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.” – John Muir

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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2 Responses to Zen and Trekking Poles

  1. Dean says:

    Hi Rick,

    I was a pole sceptic but got a pair of Leki’s for this years trip and I was amazed how much they helped.

    Going uphill it was like having a railing to pull up on, and I was able to descend quickly without stressing my knees. Without the poles I doubt I would have been fit for any more hikes after Clouds Rest. Managed Taft Point, Sentinel Dome and North Dome thanks to the poles.

    Great to meet you by the way.

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      Bingo Deano!!

      I love poles… a real no-brainer. People ask me on the trail if they are worth it…I tap the ground and say “yeah, especially since I;m blind.”

      Nice seeing the face behind the comments.

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