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mt. whitney hike-trekking pole?

5:17 p.m. on March 17, 2002 (EST)
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For those of you who have done the Mt. Whitney hike, would you recommend a trekking pole or is it only extra gear to carry? I want to do it in a day so we would be keeping a decent pace. Any other tips for the hike would be appreciated. thanks.

6:57 a.m. on March 18, 2002 (EST)
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Mt Whitney gear

You will absolutely want trekking poles. Beyond the normal into-the-hills gear, I also found my altimeter (Suunto Vector) very helpful in tracking my progress.

I would also suggest a psychological exam, since you want to do the trip in one day... ;) If you've got the time, I would suggest taking two days (at least).

My $.02 - ymmv

You can check out my Whitney trip report at http://www.numquamnonparatus.com

9:26 a.m. on March 19, 2002 (EST)
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On your trip, trek poles (two) would be most useful if you know how to use them properly and have trained with them. The arm and shoulder muscles (and technique) must be as fit as your legs/lungs are. If you are off loading 20 lbs per stride that's about 40,000' lbs per mile extra put on the upper body! Its quite a total body workout...especially if you plan to use them for 11 miles (uphill). If you just use them to carry your arms that's still about 10 pounds/stride.

If you know how, by all means use them. Otherwise hike the way you are accustomed. Its a nice trip and you will definitely enjoy it.

My criteria were weight, size collapsed, price. I prefer non-shock, non-inclined handles and cork. Komperdell for around $50 were just fine for me. Here is a URL or two

http://www.backpacking.net/trekpole.html

http://www.backpacking.net/walkstik.html

http://www.personal.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/poles.htm


The last is the most valuable for technique. BTW, Muir didn't use them when he went to the top the first time...maybe the second, but definitely not the first time.

10:19 p.m. on March 19, 2002 (EST)
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Mason:

I've mounted Whitney four times. The first, second and third trips were all one-day hikes, via the Whitney Trail; the fourth trip was an over-nighter, via a loop trip up the Mountaineer's Route, then coming back down the Whitney Trail. On the first trip, I did not use any poles. Every trip thereafter, I used a pair of Leki Super Makalu's. I would suggest taking a pair of poles when you go, not just one! I wouldn't do it again without poles, either. I don't think it's 100% due to the physical benefits they provide; I think a large part of it has to do with the fact that I'm just "used" to hiking with a pole in each hand (feels sorta like somebody done chopped off my two front legs if I go without). That's another thing, too; I don't ever get to use my poles when my girlfriend goes along (she always takes them from me, in order to use them for herself). She does not go hiking with me that often, either; therefore, what does that tell you? It tells me that she must feel some "comfort" in having the extra reassurance that the poles provide, even though she doesn't have that much experience in their use. In other words, she likes the poles, as opposed to not having anything at all; and I'll bet you will, too.


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For those of you who have done the Mt. Whitney hike, would you recommend a trekking pole or is it only extra gear to carry? I want to do it in a day so we would be keeping a decent pace. Any other tips for the hike would be appreciated. thanks.

4:40 a.m. on March 20, 2002 (EST)
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Thanks for the help...

great advice. Can't wait to get out there!

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