Brian got me a pair of trekking poles as a Christmas gift.
Age-related knee pain had reduced my range and comfort to the point to where hiking was barely possible. There was always anxiety that I would get too far out and not be able to return.
The trekking poles are more helpful than I ever expected. It’s like a reset of years. The little bit of effort saved per step really adds up. I can now go on a hike and still do other things in the same day.
I am aware that there can be environmental impact with these. I’m reading up on how to minimize.
Cycling remains being a good activity due to low impact. It is nice to be able to walk and hike again, too.