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.
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 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.
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