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Trekking Poles – When Hikers Need and Don’t Need Them

Trekking Poles
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An avid outdoorsman, Brian Borg enjoys hiking and camping around San Diego County. Over the years, he has hiked in several locations such as Mission Trails Regional Park and Torrey Pines State Reserve. Brian Borg also enjoys hiking in natural areas and national parks outside of San Diego.

Many experienced hikers use trekking poles or hiking poles to aid them as they walk. These poles reduce the impact on hikers’ leg muscles and knee joints, improve balance on rough terrain, and make finding a walking rhythm easier. This makes the use of trekking poles perfect for hikers who are walking during winter since they may come across ice along the trail. Trekking poles are also helpful for hikers carrying heavy backpacks or going down steep inclines.

Despite their many benefits, however, trekking poles aren’t necessary for every hiker. In fact, having an extra item to carry is a deterrent for many and the act of moving the poles extends more energy in the upper body than what novice hikers are used to.

Beyond that, trekking poles can be a hindrance to those who are not used to them. When walking uphill, for instance, hikers may lean too much on their poles, thus throwing off their natural balance and increasing the risk of falling. Poles may also get caught on trees and bushes as hikers move through narrow trails.

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Hiking and Nature – A Recreational and Therapeutic Activity

Brian Borg studied philosophy and graduated from San Diego State University summa cum laude. A longtime resident of San Diego, Brian Borg spends much of his free time enjoying nature and taking hikes.

Hiking comes as a natural exercise and requires no special equipment. It is basic to most sporting activities such as mountain climbing, hunting, and cross-country skiing. Hiking can also be an essential part of simple activities such as bird-watching, nature walks, and sightseeing. It is one way to take advantage of what nature offers – the scenery as well as the often-needed therapy that hiking offers.

Hiking and nature help unclog the mind from everyday stressors, allowing inspiration to rise within those who need it. For instance, Ludwig Van Beethoven enhanced his creativity while writing music by taking walks. Furthermore, studies show that hiking brings positive effects on the mind and body. As a physical activity, it stimulates the release of endorphins, which results in an energized and more content spirit. These benefits can be had while enjoying a peaceful escape, away from the daily routine of life.

Hiking Razor Point Trail in Torrey Pines State Reserve

Razor Point Trail pic
Razor Point Trail
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A risk management and human resources professional with nearly two decades of experience, Brian Borg resides in San Diego, California. A family man and avid hiker, Brian Borg enjoys spending time in local parks such as the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

Home to the rarest pine tree in the nation and encompassing approximately 1,750 acres, the Torrey Pines State Reserve offers a rich ecosystem in the midst of the city. From a salt marsh that provides a habitat to many species of water birds to views of the ocean, the park attracts visitors for a variety of reasons.

Hikers can enjoy a network of approximately eight miles of trails with several different route options. One popular route, the Razor Point Trail, leads approximately two-thirds of a mile to the Razor Point Overlook, which provides spectacular views of the coastal cliffs and the sea.

An easy-to-moderate hike, the Razor Point Trail passes through gnarled old trees bent from the winds, coastal sage scrub, and sandstone formations such as the Red Butte Formation. Hike options include taking a side trip off to the Yucca Point Trail, a small loop with more ocean views and flowering yucca in the spring.

Hiking the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve pic
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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A resident of San Diego, California, Brian Borg is an avid hiker. When he’s not busy working, he often enjoys day hikes in various locations around San Diego County. One of the areas Brian Borg frequents for hikes is Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Established in 1899, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve covers roughly 1,750 acres of land. Spanish sailors, who marked the area as Puna de los Arboles, or Wooded Point, on their maps, first recorded the area in the 1500s. These trees turned out to be the rare Torrey pine, a species of pine that only grows naturally along the coast between Del Mar and La Jolla and on Santa Rosa Island.

In addition to these rare pines, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve rewards guests with fantastic ocean views, unique desert landscapes, and cliffs. The area is also home to numerous species of diverse creatures and plants, along with several walking trails. There are six trails in total dotted around the reserve that allow guests plenty of opportunity to customize their hiking experience to suit their needs and abilities.

The trails found within the Reserve include the Guy Fleming, High Point, Parry Grove, Broken Hill, and Razor Point trails. These trails range from 100 yards in length to three-quarters of a mile and take guests through everything from wildflowers and ferns to sandstone canyons and sculptures. They are also suitable for guests capable of completing easy to moderate-level hikes.