Learning how to use poles enables you to engage your whole body while hiking and significantly improves performance and confidence on varied terrain. Uphill pole techniques empower you to feel more push, improving your endurance and pace; downhill techniques help save your knees, hips and spine! Optimal use of poles improves your posture, balance and upper body strength. Using and strengthening core muscles helps preserve your joints which prevents stress or strain in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulder and neck. Engaging your whole body while hiking uses more calories which facilitates weight management while at the same time lowers perceived exertion. You work harder, but feel more energy and endurance. Learn individualized skills that will reduce knee stress, improve back health, prolong agility and enable you to look around at nature instead of down at your feet. A variety of top quality poles will be available to help you discover which poles fit you best and can help you to achieve your goals. Hikers of all experience levels are welcome, from novice to advanced. This session is about learning anatomically optimal techniques and skills that will enhance your outdoor adventures, regardless of how rigorous or gentle they are.