Poles for Hiking & Canyon Exploration

02/17/2013 - 8:30am
02/17/2013 - 3:30pm
Borrego Palm Canyon

Instructor: Jayah Faye Paley
$70 / $60 for ABF members

Hike Level: Moderate - 3-5 miles on uneven terrain at a relaxed pace

Meet: Borrego Palm Canyon trailhead

Power and performance with poles! Whether you're a beginner hiker, a retired hiker or a cross-training athlete, learn how optimal use of poles engages your whole body while hiking or walking.

This skill is great for your heart, your back, and your overall well-being. Save your knees, improve endurance, balance, agility and core strength. Experience noticeable difference in your spine function and posture.

We’ll start at the Borrego Palm Canyon trailhead for an introduction and personalized pole fitting. Then we'll take our time wandering up the canyon, exploring and practicing skills at many hiking levels.

Poles provided. You’ll be able to try a variety of top quality models to see what works best for your body, your issues and your goals.

Learn how to use poles so you can:
- reduce knee stress on downhill
- achieve more power & endurance on uphill
- improve performance & stability on all terrain
- improve upper body strength
- recruit more muscles while walking, which facilitates fat-burning & weight loss
- help prevent injury
- learn how to avoid common mistakes that can cause injury or strain

Feel your confidence grow as you efficiently transition between techniques on varying terrain. Learning good form can help you to more safely and completely enjoy your outdoor experiences!

A range of techniques will be presented in an easy-to-learn, progressive format that helps you build your skills and achieve the muscle memory that will allow you to experience the many benefits of poles.

Participants should be able to hike 3 to 5 miles on uneven terrain. Our pace is relaxed so people have a chance to either practice or rest. It’s not about how far or how fast we go; the day is geared towards everyone having a chance to experience the benefits of using poles optimally on a variety of terrain.

Bring: 2 full water bottles (minimum), day pack, trail lunch and snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

What to wear: layered clothing, sturdy hiking shoes or boots with tread. Inappropriate trail shoes will mean you will not be able to participate in the class. Desert/rocky terrain requires suitable shoes.

Instructor Jayah Faye Paley is the creator of the only comprehensive training on how to use poles – 2 award-winning DVDs – “POLES for Hiking, Trekking & Walking” & “POLES for Balance & Mobility.” You can find more information about her on our Instructors page and at www.PolesForMobility.com.