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Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

By Andrew Skurka / June 30, 2015 / 51 Comments

Since purchasing the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Poles in spring 2011, I have used them for about 300 days of backpacking and another 50 days of day-hiking. Some of this use has been mild (e.g. short days, on-trail) but a considerable portion has not, with hundreds of miles on talus, across spring snowfields, down remote…

Carbon fiber trekking poles at Costco for $27 are perfect for casual and/or cash-strapped backpackers

By Andrew Skurka / August 6, 2012 / 54 Comments

Yesterday Amanda found a great deal on trekking poles, at Costco of all places. We’ve been slowly assembling her backpacking kit since she will be joining me on a 3-day trip in Rocky Mountain National Park and a 7-day trip in Yosemite National Park later this Summer and Fall. Poles were still on the list…