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After great further debate on the trekking pole/Aluminum tent pole combo for my GG The One Shelter set up, I have made a decision to actually use two trekking poles instead of using the tent pole at all.
The other day my thought process was that I would only use the poles for stability for stream crossing and snow trekking. Therefore I only needed one trekking pole. The weight of one LT4 pole with strap and one aluminum pole is 7.3 ounces.
After more thought into trekking poles and their shock absorption function, I decided they are useful in protecting your joints, especially knees by putting some of your weight on poles downhill instead of all of it on your knees. I learned in 2011, overuse injures happen fast when you put all of your own weight on your knees as well as all of your packs weight. It happened to me on Mount Whitney, which is a side trip after about 700 or so miles of walking in the PCT. This makes the proper use of two poles important to avoid injury and help me make it to Canada.
After researching the LT4 poles with straps, I realized their minimum length to pack them in your pack is quite long and awkward at 33 inches. The LT5 pack smaller at 24 inches with a weight gain of 4 ounces per pole. So for the pair, they will weigh 10 ounces.
Final decision made...I think
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