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    On trekking poles

    Here is a science article on how trekking poles help hikers maintain muscle function while reducing soreness.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0602121000.htm

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    Pretty neat study. Using a biochemical marker for muscle damage makes it an objective observation.

    I wonder how a trip up and down Mt. Snowdon would compare to a Pemi Loop.

    I'd hate to see my creatine kinase levels after some hikes.

    If they ever came up with an inexpensive hand-held device that we could use to quickly measure our levels of CK I bet it would sell.

    "So, how was the Pemi Loop?"
    "Just awesome, My creatine kinase levels took 5 days to return to normal"
    "Dude, that is just way too cewl! Must have been a awesone hike. Way to go!"
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    Trekking poles are great if you don't lose them like I do. I lost one on/around Zeacliff a couple weeks ago (black diamond 3 way clip lock, red and silver) and another on the Black Pond Bushwack a couple weeks ago (green, twist lock, wooden grip). <shameless lost gear plug>
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    Ouch, an expensive habit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohamed Ellozy View Post
    Ouch, an expensive habit

    Yes, I've sworn them off. Need to keep the budget open for more important necessities, like beer, wine and fine cheeses. Besides, I never used them. They were all lost bushwacking while attached to pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by una_dogger View Post
    They were all lost bushwacking while attached to pack.
    Are you not familiar with Hillman's Law of Bushwhacking?

    Hillman's Law states that any gear taken on a bushwhack is expendable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    Are you not familiar with Hillman's Law of Bushwhacking?

    Hillman's Law states that any gear taken on a bushwhack is expendable.
    I agree with that statement as well as all Laws of Hillman, in general.

    However, if gear lost on a bushwack comes back to you (by any pathway) -- does that mean there is balance in the universe??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    I wonder how a trip up and down Mt. Snowdon would compare to a Pemi Loop.
    (If memory serves me correctly)...there are four key routes up Snowdon.

    A Pemi Loop would be, as a rough guess, the equivalent of going up and down all four of those Snowdon routes, one after the other.

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    I guess in NH people lose trekking poles, however in CO people seem to lose ice axes. I was there for four years and found three, my guess is people dont know how to thread them (upsidedown) through the gear loops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra View Post
    I guess in NH people lose trekking poles, however in CO people seem to lose ice axes. I was there for four years and found three, my guess is people dont know how to thread them (upsidedown) through the gear loops.
    You wouldn't believe the jury-rigs I've seen on the backs of people's packs in the winter. Nevermind losing them, it's a wonder there aren't more winter hikers with stab wounds on the backs of their legs!
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