Why use walking poles?
Often considered essential for long-distance walking, walking poles can be a valuable asset for your Camino. Keeping your arms moving they assist you in many ways. The main advantages; leaning on poles will help increase your speed, support your knees, lessen the impact on your legs and can be very useful to keep your balance when on slippery, uneven surfaces or muddy paths. They are also a welcome companion when descending down rocky mountains.
Foldable trekking poles are best for the Camino and suitable for packing especially if you are planning to travel with them before or after as some airlines will not allow then on-board.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST WALKING POLES?
Any good outdoor/adventure store will assist you with the correct poles suitable for your height and weight. We recommend trekking poles as the Camino has many varied gradients.
For our groups, we usually carry spare poles and find that they are always used. If you are uncertain and don’t purchase poles you will find options to purchase them along the Camino.