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Why do my trekking poles need snow baskets?

Staying Afloat in Mountain Snow
For long-distance hiking or any significant climb in the mountains, trekking poles provide critical support and stability. We are often asked about the fact that we require snow baskets on trekking poles in any location where there will be travel in snowy terrain. Just like deep winter snow will swallow you without snowshoes or skis, spring and even summer snow can swallow a trekking pole that is not properly equipped with a large powder basket. Check out Brendan’s example below!

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