Trekking Poles biggest advantage is in helping you keep your balance while you are on your way. If you are constantly fighting to keep your balance, this is not fun and also very tiring. Being able to keep your balance using Big Agnes trekking poles makes the trip much more enjoyable.
You will be able to find a rhythm to your walk and this can help you keep it up and go farther. Once you get your rhythm going, you are on your way. Time and miles just seem to flow when using your trekking poles to help keep you going.
Loose rocks and uneven terrain can be a challenge even in the best of circumstances. With Black Diamond trekking poles, you can be safer and traverse the area easier, all the while feeling safer as you go along. Having to constantly bend over, with a pack on to use your hand and arm for stability, gets very tiring very quickly. Your trekking poles can help eliminate this problem.
Even though picking up an old tree limb to use may be keeping it all “natural”, tree limbs big enough to support your weight will tire you out as the day goes on. Therefore, having light weight trekking poles works better in the long run.
If you are in a “No Trace Left Behind” area or frame of mind, then getting a set of rubber tips for your Black Diamond trekking poles is a great idea. Trekking poles with rubber tips will help eliminate a good percentage of the damage that can be done by a sharp point poking holes in the ground or leaving scratch marks on the rocks.
Going downhill is stressful on your legs and, with a pack on, your balance is also affected. Help in keeping your balance and relieving some of the strain of the pack weight on your shoulders is an advantage provided by trekking poles.