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by arlohike
November 14th, 2016, 1:01 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Finding a body while solo hiking
Replies: 22
Views: 5560

Re: Finding a body while solo hiking

Nice article (and beautiful photos). So, to the author, or others, what more are you doing to help ensure someone can find you? I almost always hike alone because solitude is one of the main reasons I hike. I tell my wife my route before I go, and I rarely stray from it. Now I'm wondering if I shoul...
by arlohike
November 14th, 2016, 12:38 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: New Year's Eve: anyone planning to spend the night outside?
Replies: 11
Views: 3756

Re: New Year's Eve: anyone planning to spend the night outsi

Cool idea, please post a report if you do it!
by arlohike
July 30th, 2016, 10:43 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Hiking pole technique to help knees?
Replies: 19
Views: 7153

Re: Hiking pole technique to help knees?

That might come in handy some day; can you share a name? Mallik Tella with Adventist Health: https://www.adventisthealth.org/nw/provider/mallik-n-tella-md-orthopedic-surgery I have had knee problems since a horse riding accident in my youth. I use a flexible knee brace which helps significantly wit...
by arlohike
June 23rd, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Hiking pole technique to help knees?
Replies: 19
Views: 7153

Re: Hiking pole technique to help knees?

Well, in case anyone is interested, I got a referral to an orthopedist who specializes in sports medicine and he believes the problem is weak hip flexors, which allow my knees to buckle inward when I'm tired and throw off the tracking of the kneecap. I hiked with a friend around the same time and sh...
by arlohike
June 23rd, 2016, 4:07 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Rock of Ages exposure?
Replies: 10
Views: 1527

Re: Rock of Ages exposure?

I finally did this hike with a more experienced friend a couple weeks ago. The worst part for me was the tiny little path out to the arch, which I would have skipped if I had been on my own, but my friend encouraged me to venture out there and I did. The bad part was only a few feet of very narrow p...
by arlohike
June 23rd, 2016, 3:35 pm
Forum: Trail Rx
Topic: Oneonta Trail is Gone
Replies: 15
Views: 7480

Re: Oneonta Trail is Gone

I went back on June 5 and the washout was easier to pass through for two reasons: the taller side is now more like a staircase than a sheer wall, and the creek level is lower so it's easy to walk across the gap once you get down to the creek level.
by arlohike
June 2nd, 2016, 6:40 pm
Forum: Trail Rx
Topic: Oneonta Trail is Gone
Replies: 15
Views: 7480

Re: Oneonta Trail is Gone

Does anyone have an update on the washout near the footbridge? I was thinking of doing a loop hike this weekend that would use that section. I passed through it a few times over the winter, but if it has gotten worse, I would reconsider.
by arlohike
April 30th, 2016, 6:39 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Hiking pole technique to help knees?
Replies: 19
Views: 7153

Re: Hiking pole technique to help knees?

I tried again today, and planting the poles further in front, a little further than my stride, seemed to make more of a difference. Lengthening the poles by 15 cm compared to my uphill length made this easier. I also found that touching the left pole to the ground in front a little after my right fo...
by arlohike
April 29th, 2016, 9:41 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Hiking pole technique to help knees?
Replies: 19
Views: 7153

Re: Hiking pole technique to help knees?

Okay, I've got the straps figured out, and for the last two weekends I've been practicing the every-step pole rhythm (right pole mirrors the left foot, etc). This now feels totally fluid on flats or ascents, but on descents it still feels awkward. I am trying to plant the pole before the opposite fo...
by arlohike
April 5th, 2016, 12:47 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Hiking pole technique to help knees?
Replies: 19
Views: 7153

Re: Hiking pole technique to help knees?

Thanks, everyone. I was not using the straps as shown in the video above, so I will make that change. Also, I had tried moving the poles with every step and just felt spastic, but I will give that some more practice. It took a couple hikes to get the two-step rhythm down, so I guess I can learn this...