Urban Poling Instructor Certificate Course – Chapter 2

Get to Know Your Poles

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Metric conversion:
-Shorten your poles 2 inches/5 cm shorter than your height
-Weight bearing per pole = 90 lbs/40 kg
-Poles collapse to 31 inches/78 cm (Series 300/4Life) & 25 inches/63 cm for Adventures Poles

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Update:  Urban and ACTIVATOR Poles are now patented.


Read the following manual chapter – Urban Poles & Accessories.

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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