How To Walk With Hiking Sticks

Want to learn how to walk with hiking sticks?

A lot of people when they are on a hike will use hiking sticks. The most common reason for using hiking sticks is to take some pressure off of the knees, but there are other benefits as well. For example, when you are using hiking sticks you can see better down the trail in front of you because they extend your arms. If it looks like the trail is going up or down then it is easier to slide them along the ground so you have better control over your footing.

Use your hiking sticks

As you hike up and down trails, fire roads, and mountain paths, you will want to use the hiking sticks in order to walk more comfortably. You will find that when you begin hiking with your walking stick or walking poles that they help keep your balance because the upper portion of them will lean forward when you do. This will help you maintain balance and control over your body.

Hiking sticks should be your first choice

When using hiking sticks by far the best way to walk with hiking sticks is to use them as your first choice. This usually happens when people are walking down a steep incline or downhill and they find themselves sliding along the ground. A hiking stick will help them maintain a more stable and comfortable position on their feet.

Use sticks to take up the slack in your arms

When using hiking sticks it is important to take up any slack in your arms. You should work with the length of the hiking sticks until you find a position that works for you. In addition, when doing this you should keep your shoulders down and concentrated on taking up the slack in your arms with each step.

Use sticks to take up the slack in your arms

Walking with hiking sticks

Walking with hiking sticks is one of the best ways to make sure that you are doing it correctly. One of the best ways to practice this is to practice walking with hiking sticks through your daily life. You can do this by walking around your neighborhood or in a mall. While you are walking use your hiking stick in order to walk the way that most people do when they are using them on a hike.

Walking with hiking sticks

Take the time to practice

When you are doing any type of hiking it is important to take the time to practice. This means that you should do this on a regular basis and that you should practice for at least a few days before doing the hike that you will be going on. This is important because it will allow your body to adjust and learn how to walk with hiking sticks.


Walking with hiking sticks is something that many people can do when they are hiking down trails. This does not mean that you need to use them in order to hike up slopes, but it is something that you should consider when walking down steep slopes. The most important thing to do is to practice walking with hiking sticks before doing any type of hike so you can adjust to using them correctly.

Matthew Koch

Hi, I'm Matthew, a passionate blogger and traveler. I'm also a hard-core hiker. Hiking with friends and visiting new places is what I live for. Currently, I'm working at Gear Odds as CEO & Columnist. I would like to provide my best outdoor experience possible.