I experimented with ski poles in the 1970's for use while backpacking. I did a couple trips with them, and went back to a staff.

In the late 1980's I switched from a staff to a cane, and since then options for a cane have gotten better.

I have trekking poles, and occasionally haul them on a trip thinking I'll change my mind about them, but I never do. I genuinely dislike having both hands committed to them. I use them snowshoeing, that's it.

A cane, set at the right hike, is just right for me. Gives me the stability and security I want, relieves pressure downhill, doesn't commit two hands, which I sometimes find unsafe.

Think an ice axe... stable, low center of gravity.

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