Tips on How to Attach Hiking Poles to Your Backpack

September 19, 2023

Want to learn how to attach a hiking pole to your backpack? It’s easier than you think! But don’t worry, I will show you exactly what you need to do so you are fully prepared and ready to go.

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Now that summer is almost over and fall is near, I’m sure you’re ready to hit the trails. Even more, reason to start prepping for your first fall hiking trip. 

Having hiking poles (or “walking sticks”) handy make it easier to hike different terrain.  They’re useful for gauging mud depth, walking through rocky terrain, and getting wet brush and spider webs out of the way. This way you don’t use your hands.

Keep reading to learn the best way to properly attach hiking poles to your day pack. Attaching them the right way will keep them secure versus dangling, when not in use. 

Let’s dive in!

Before you embark on your hiking adventure, let’s make sure you have all the essentials. 

For starters, you’ll need a good hiking backpack if you don’t have one already. Make sure it has adjustable straps, side pockets, and is spacious enough to hold all your gear. 

I would recommend exploring Osprey backpacks. They are a trusted brand, come with a lifetime warranty, and make an overall good choice for backpack selection. 

Just don’t get a heavy backpack. The lighter the better. You also want to make sure it comes with specific attachment points to secure your poles. 

Additionally, it should have side compression straps to help keep your load tighter and more compact. This helps with better weight transfer, balance, and comfortability on the trails. 

Next, don’t forget to bring along your best trekking poles. Make sure they have wrist straps and are good enough to provide stability and support on open terrain. 

And remember, it’s important to have durable and adjustable backpacking straps. This will ensure a secure and comfortable fit for your poles throughout your hike. 

If you have old ski poles, you can use those but they won’t be adjustable. Ski poles are typically fixed in length so it would be hard to pack in your backpack. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Attaching a Hiking Pole to Your Backpack

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty – the step-by-step process of attaching a hiking pole to your backpack. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a novice explorer, mastering this skill will save you time and ensure a safer hiking experience. 

How to Attach a Hiking Pole to Your Backpack:

Preparation: The first step is to make sure your backpacking pack is equipped with all you need for your hiking adventure. Take a moment to ensure that your hiking pole is fully collapsed and ready to be attached.

Position the Poles: Identify a suitable spot on your backpack where attaching the pole won’t interfere while hiking. Typically, the side of the backpack works well as it doesn’t obstruct your movement. 

You’ll want to place the poles where they rest against the back of your backpack. If you have two poles, spread them apart for even weight distribution.

Pole Attachment Points: Take the backpacking straps and securely loop them around the hiking pole. Then, thread the straps through the trekking pole attachment point on the backpack. This will help to keep the pole in place during your trek. Especially if you plan on long hikes.

If your backpack has a built-in pole holder, use it to thread the pole through it instead.

Secure the Poles: Tighten the straps to secure the poles in place. If needed, adjust the shoulder straps for a snug and secure fit to keep it secure throughout your trip. The last thing you want is to lose your poles on steep hills.

Balance and Comfort: Adjust the position of the poles for optimum balance and comfort while walking. Ensure the poles aren’t poking out too much, causing discomfort or danger to you or fellow hikers.

And there you have it! With a bit of practice, you’ll get the hang of it before you know it. 

Pole Tips and Tricks 

When attaching your pole, the most important thing to consider is to ensure easy accessibility in case it’s needed. Make sure to secure it in a way that avoids any swinging or bouncing, as this can throw you off balance. 

If you’re using two poles, ensure they are evenly placed to maintain optimal balance and stability during your hike. 

The Side Pocket Trick for Hiking Poles

If you have a backpack that isn’t well equipped for hiking poles or hiking sticks, there is always “the side pocket trick!” The only thing you’ll need is a strap of some sort to attach the hiking pole to your backpack. 

This could be bungee cords, rubber bands, or an elastic cord. 

All you do is simply slide the handle tips of the poles (or handle ends) into the side pocket of your pack. Then, wrap the straps around the pole body and secure them tightly. 

I would suggest sticking one pole to a pocket to balance the weight versus sticking both poles in one. 

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FAQs on How to Attach Hiking Pole to Backpack

How do you put a trekking pole in a bag?

Storing a trekking pole in a bag is relatively easy. Follow the steps below and you’ll be good to go! 

  • Collapse the pole in its most compact form.
  • Find a place to store it in your bag where it won’t damage the bag or anything in it.
  • Place the pole in the selected storage spot placing the sharp edge (or end) upwards. Put it in a way that it won’t risk tearing the bag.
  • Secure the pole with a strap to keep it in place. This will prevent it from shifting around inside the bag while hiking.

How do you attach trekking poles to a hydration pack?

Attaching trekking poles to a hydration pack is similar to attaching them to a regular backpack. 

Here are the steps:

Identify the loops or straps: Most hydration packs will have loops or straps specifically created for attaching equipment such as trekking poles.

Position your poles: Place your poles against the hydration pack. Make sure they are evenly spread apart for weight balance if you have two poles.  

Loop them through: Use the loops or straps on your hydration pack to thread your trekking poles through.

Secure your poles: Tighten the loops or straps to ensure that the poles are secure. Don’t tighten them too tight or you might damage the hydration pack.

Lastly, adjust the position of the poles so they don’t get in the way or pose a risk to others while hiking.

How do you use trekking pole attachments?

Trekking poles come with a variety of attachments, such as snow baskets, mud baskets, rubber tips, rubber feet, and rubber paws. You’ll want to choose the right attachment based on the hiking terrain.

Start off by attaching the selected attachment to the end of your trekking pole. Make sure it’s well-fitted and secure. 

Next, before hitting the trails, put your poles to the test. You’ll want to test them out before heading out to ensure they are on right and won’t fly off. 

How do you maintain hiking poles and attachments so they last longer? 

Maintaining your hiking poles and their attachments can significantly extend their lifespan. It also helps to optimize their performance. A little maintenance goes a long way in preserving the lifespan of your hiking gear!

5 things you can do to take care of your equipment:

  1. Clean Regularly: After each hike, clean your poles and attachments with lukewarm water. This helps to remove dirt and grime that may have accumulated and can cause damage over time.
  2. Dry Thoroughly: Never put away your poles or attachments while they are still wet. This can lead to rust or corrosion. Instead, let them dry naturally in a well-ventilated area.
  3. Check for Wear and Tear: Regularly inspect your poles and their attachments after usage for signs of wear and tear. Look for any cracks, bends, or chips that could weaken the overall structure. If you happen to find any, it may be time for a replacement. (refer to the warranty for coverage) 
  4. Lubricate Adjustment Mechanisms: If your poles have adjusting mechanisms, it’s important to keep these well-lubricated. This can help to prevent them from stiffening up and becoming hard to adjust.
  5. Store Correctly: When not in use, store your poles in a cool, dry place. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight, which can cause the materials to degrade or fade much faster.

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