How To Adjust Telescoping Trek Poles
Learning how to adjust telescoping trek poles may seem daunting, but most models are designed to be adjusted easily for walking on different types of terrain and for sharing between hikers. The popularity of trekking poles is not unfounded, and a good set will be adjustable to provide you maximum benefit.
- Locate the telescoping portion of the trek poles. Notice the screw down locking mechanism located at the intersection of the telescoping pole, which may be plastic.
- With a tight grip, grasp the plastic portion. Hold the pole upright once it has been loosened, and the telescoping trek pole will slide out.
- Stand up and adjust the pole to your height. Telescoping trek poles should fit somewhere between your waist and your shoulders, wherever they feel the most comfortable to you.
- Tighten the plastic bracket. Turn the plastic screw down locking mechanism in the opposite direction to tighten the pole into the desired place.
- Align your other pole with the one you've just adjusted. Lay both trek poles down and adjust the second one to the same length as the first. Unscrew the locking mechanism, pull out the telescoping portion of the trek pole and screw the locking mechanism back into place.
- Walk with your adjusted trek poles. Try walking on an incline and flat ground to get a feel for the adjustment of the trek poles. Start over from step 1 if they need additional adjustment.
- Depending on the type of hiking you're doing, you may need to readjust your trek poles occasionally to suit the terrain. Now that you know how to adjust telescoping trek poles, however, you can do it quickly and while you're on the go.