Don Erickson prefers to snowshoe with a pair of trekking poles.
“Did you lose one of your poles, Jim?” Don asks.
“Not at all. Like Moses, I generally use only one pole,” Jim replies.
Don counters: “Jim, dual poles can give you an upper body workout and increased cardiovascular benefits” He points out that a Cooper Institute study found that Nordic walking, with poles, resulted in a 20 percent increase in oxygen consumption compared to regular walking at the same speed.
The entirety of the one-pole versus two-pole debate between Don Erickson and Jim Joque appears in the November 2013 print edition of Silent Sports. To order a copy or subscribe, call 888/706-4045.