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How To: Adjust Trekking Poles for Efficiency on Varying TerrainTrekking poles are a boon for security on sketchy terrain, and they'll keep your knees alive over hard-charging decades of hiking. To get the most benefit on flats, uphills and downhills, use adjustable-length poles and adjust them correctly. Here's how.
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On flat or rolling terrain, adjust the pole to elbow height, so your forearm is roughly horizontal when held.