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- 05/10/2010 at 1:13 pm #104912RaeMember
I was wondering what people had at the end of their trekking poles. Mine has come with a rubber stopper. Is this preferable?
Rae05/10/2010 at 1:57 pm #105047
I didn't bother taking a trekking pole. Your porter/s will cut you a stick from the bush and sharpen it whenever the end becomes blunt. I wondered if it was going to do the job and it was excellent. Reaching the finish with your stick that helped you all the way creates a certain attachment to it-it is as though it has absorbed all the highs and struggles of the trip.
Hope that helps.11/10/2010 at 7:09 am #105067tombarMember
If you do take a pole (or poles) you should take the claw type attachments. The rubber tip will disppear in the first mud patch you get to. From memory, my claws also disappeared in the mud also.11/10/2010 at 10:04 am #105069Mrs MooMember
I trekked with KTL and they provided the absolute best pole as part of the package. It was perfect for the job, and now sits at home as a souvenir of my trek.
Gail, do you still provide walking poles for your trekkers?
Mary12/10/2010 at 11:49 am #105070Gail ThomasMember
In 2010 the boys wanted the stick to be more personal so if a trekker requests a stick, they cut one and then carve it as they go along the trek.14/10/2010 at 9:50 am #104911Mrs MooMember
They wouldn't get one of those back into Aus because it would not be varnished etc, I shouldn't think. I'm really proud of my varnished one and am glad I trekked when they were available!14/10/2010 at 10:13 am #105071
We bought three poles back, carved, scorched and unvarnished. Customs just need to inspect the pole and check that you have cleaned any dirt off the bottom of the pole. Other than that, it isn't an issue to bring them back.
We actually made a "sleeve" in which we could put our poles for transporting. It ensured they were not bashed around or marked.15/10/2010 at 9:27 am #105074RoosterMember
I took two poles with me – they had trekking baskets on teh bottom to stop the poles from sinking into the mud too far. They went well – didn't have any issue with them. My porter made me a carved stick to bring home, but it got cracked in the luggage on the plane. I now have it mounted on my wall.23/10/2010 at 12:13 pm #105110peterh13Member
I didnt use a stick or pole at all. But if I ever went againIi would definately take one with me.23/10/2010 at 12:49 pm #105111
Poles are funny things. I have never before used a pole and until I return to PNG, I most likely won't use one again. But on the track, it was such an essential piece of equipment for me, especially coming down hills.
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