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Hiking Sticks

These are the sticks which are used for descending towards the steep down slopes. Several people claim about the benefits of the sticks used for hiking purpose. But still there are controversies as people who are completely involved in hiking ,like mountaineers and hardcore hikers says that only way to get the thrill of the hiking is to move on without one.

Though the debate goes on let us see what a hiking stick is. These are nothing but walking sticks used by people for walking everyday or for the usage of trekking down through the descents and ascents in the wild woods.

They take many forms and shapes, so that you will detect the hiking stick looking similar to the single rounds which are made out of woods or pairs of convolutes height adjustable sticks which are of very less weight, but will be quite expensive. The money also set out according to the kind of hiking stick that you wish to get. If your hiking stick is just a wood that is found, then it will be having no charge.

Let us see why we need to use hiking stick. You can see that old people will be carrying poles, walker or crutches in order to walk with the help of it. Likewise hiking sticks also help you to climb the hikes, it will be supportive to your moves and it’s designed and developed with additional stability, these sticks will also help to back up by spreading the full weight on the legs onto your limbs. Though several people says that, there is no need to have a hiking stick, those who suffer for the delight in the backwoods due to knee injury or aches they come across the hills by carrying heavy loads which will lay some extra pressure on their weak knees. You will be happy to end up with the endearing feet with the help of hiking sticks.

There are both advantages as well as disadvantages for the hiking stick.

Decrease the pain in the knees

Your knees is the most supportive part of the knees and as your body weight falls on the knees ,along with the backpack on your back and the backwoods and rough climatic conditions all will bestow the distance of your hike, the influence of gravity which itself become stressful on the joints muscles, thus causing pain in the knees.

With the help of hiking stick, you can decrease the pressure developed by the descents and ascents. Hiking sticks use to reduce the discomfort in the knees that hikers may experience

Increase the strength to climb up

You can use the hiking stick to do some of the work for you as you need not feel heavy on your feet for all the time.4*4 model will be the best one which can be carried .The end result is that you can get up more easily and the load will be evenly distributed around the muscles.

Increase the enduring power

Help in crossing the soft ground

Can help in balancing the activities like river crossing ,going through the talus etc

Disadvantages

Some money has to be spend on it to get a good one

Will increase the energy spent

Through Hiking your legs are the one which gets affected most, compared to the arms. By using the sticks for hiking you will be actually decreasing the budget by avoiding treatments for the legs

Due to poor make, it may become not efficient

Get in the method of technological sections

You will be more attentive

Layers

You can see the sky waiting for you at the top. But lets not celebrate until you get there.grand-teton-national-park-flowers-725x544

Mountain hiking has become the trend now a day. Mountain hiking is a trip in which you usually go longer distance and into higher elevations than most regular hikes.

The basic thing to remember is that both equipment and gear for mountain hiking can be different, depending on the mountain that you are planning to climb along with the weather conditions.

Needed gear list useful for mountain hiking trips below:

Clothes

Similar to the simple hiking, the type of clothes should be for appropriate for hiking. Mountain hiking also requires the clothes to have three distinct layers. The clothes should not be cotton and should be made of synthetic material. The First layer you should wear a pair of synthetic long johns both top and bottom. The base layer will help you keep your skin dry.

The second layer is the insulation layer which delivers more warmth, the base and shell layer do not deliver insulation as such. Mountain hiking shirts for the particular climate like Fleece or flannel sweaters are good insulators. Pants made of fleece or the like with zips on the sides to break open if you feel too hot.

The conditions in the mountain hiking can be extreme. A super insulation layer is often needed. You need to add additional number of insulation so as to make your body equalize in order to bear the cold. Some insulated clothes will have a hood to keep your head warm. There are expedition pants called down pants or pile pants

The third and last layer is called the shell layer which will provide protection from rain, wind, snow dew etc.

Taking care of your eyes

The mountain ice mass of Alaska may irritate your eyes. So you need to take of your eyes and protect it from snow and avoid immense glare even on a cloudy day, otherwise snow blindness may result. The sun glasses used for mountain hiking should give your eyes ultimate protection from ultraviolet and infrared beams along with the glare protection from the sides.

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