Okotoks Western Wheel & Vulcan Adocate

May 21, 2014 | By Nadia

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Residents hooked on Urban Poling

A group of ladies with the Okotoks Public Library’s urban poling walking groups walk along Sheep River.

McEarchern said she was hooked on urban pole walking in just one day. Although it was difficult to get use to the movements in the beginning, she got the hand of it in a few minutes and in an hour got other members organized to walk two days later.

“We’ve only know each other for an hour and we’ve organized the next social event”

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Going downhill

For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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