(or to zig-zag up or down steep slopes). Keep both shafts the same length. Down-slope pole: straighten the elbow and press your thumb against the upper part of thumb shelf with your index finger opposing. The rest of your hand remains free. Up-slope pole: keep the elbow bent at a right-angle. Consider using the wrist Security Cords (see below).
Use poles like outriggers, touching down as necessary to keep trunk vertical.
For general safety, stow the poles.
Stowing / Storage:
The minimum length for stowing is 55cm when they are dismantled, which is shorter than their compact telescopic mode. Either alloy or carbon shafts are at their shortest for travelling/flight etc. when dismantled and placed diagonally in the pack. (Use the mesh bag if wanting to keep the sections together).
As another option to stowing poles in your pack when needing ‘hands free’ for short scrambles – then slide the shaft sections into each other and tighten them (so they won’t slip-out and get lost!). Loop a wrist cord over the handle of the other and vice versa. The shortened shafts rest either side of the pack with their cords/handles spanning the shoulder straps near to where they attach onto the pack.
The Wrist Security Cords
The wrist security cords are not needed as part of general Pacerpole use. The hand within its contoured handle is the equivalent of a new, dynamic artificial joint - with loading changing direction all the time as the body moves. The hand relaxes down into the handle in direct compression - but this doesn't require the fingers to grip, or a cord to fasten the hand down into the handle - as this would restrict the flow of movement across it ....in a similar way that tying shoelaces too tight, squashes the foot and stops the natural flow of movement around the joints, so they cease to be fully functional. Pressure between the thumb and index finger is basically all that is needed to retain the pole throughout the stride in most scenarios.