Komperdell Hiking Polls $59.95
I have never hiked with a pair of hiking poles before, but I knew that if I was ever going to get 2000+ miles out of my knees I was going to have to start. This was perhaps the most intimidating of my purchases, not only was it one of the more expensive, but it also required the most reading into reviews – maybe the poles worked for them, but for how far and how long?
Most of the talk on whiteblazes and other hiking sites recommended Leki or Black Diamond poles – two very good brands I’m sure but nothing that quite fit the bill for me. Finally settled on this pair of Komperdells because a friend recommended them, they did not have shock absorbers and the price was right. So far they’ve been working beautifully, and they have even relieved some of my shoulder and finger stiffness on my fully packed test runs.
5 more days ^^
"To whip or seize a rope-end, take a piece of twine or string and lay it on the rope an inch or two from the end, pass the twine several times around the rope, keeping the ends of the twine under the first few turns to hold it in place; then make a large loop with the free end of twine; bring it back to the rope and continue winding for three or four turns around both rope and end of twine; and then finish by drawing the loop tight by pulling on the free end (Fig. 4)." - Knots, Splices and Rope Work, by A. Hyatt Verrill (1917)