When bushwhacking, collapse and stow your trekking poles. They tangle in branches, and you can use the brush itself for handholds. When sidehilling or on other mixed terrain, you may prefer to keep the poles handy by dangling them from wrist loops.
Trekking poles reduce impact on joints and help prevent falls on tricky terrain—but only if you use them right. Jayah Faye Paley, creator of training seminars and materials on the topic, offers these tips for getting the most out of your sticks.