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Equipment Review: Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles

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Made of a combination of carbon and aircraft grade 7075 aluminum, the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles could possibly be one of the lightest and most rugged hiking poles in its price range.

The cork grips make it comfortable to use and the anti-shock absorption is necessary for your long hikes especially if you plan to hike the Grand Canyon.  Traction is important when it comes to hiking poles and thanks to the carbide tips, these poles will give you the traction you need.  The ‘Quick-twist” locking mechanism also gives you piece of mind during those times you need to put all your weight on them.


Take a look at all the features the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles has to offer:

  • Three section Carbon & 7075 Aluminum poles
  • Cork grips
  • Neoprene wrist straps
  • Anti-shock absorption system
  • Quick-twist locking mechanism
  • Threaded trekking baskets for easy on-off application
  • Carbide tips
  • Rubber boot tips
  • Twist-lock turns anti-shock absorber on/off for custom use
  • Carbon wrapped Aluminum 7075 composite lamination
  • Weight – 1 lb. 2 oz.Compact/Extended Dimensions:  26″ (66cm);   54″ (137cm)


Here’s what another hiker has said about the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles:

Great Price, Great Poles – By AaRop

“Great trekking poles for a reasonable price. Have used these over and over again and they haven’t disappointed me yet….”

Review Paraphrased for size — view original review here.

CONCLUSION:  The Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles offer two key features when it comes to hiking poles, lightweight and rugged.  You don’t want to the poles to give or collapse when you apply added weight.  The Quick-twist locking mechanism locks into place with no worries.  They’re not that much expensive at all compared to other hiking poles with similar features which makes these hiking poles worth checking out.


First person “video hike” of Grand Canyon’s North Kaibab trail

Another good “first person video” going down Grand Canyon’s of North Kaibab Trail. It starts at the North Rim and ends at Phantom Ranch.   Video Courtesy of  www.TrailVista.com.


Details of  Grand Canyon’s the North Kaibab Trail:

  • Distance:  14.2 miles one way.
  • Approximate time for hike:  Down – 8-9 hours Up :  10-12 hours
  • Elevation:  5,850 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Very strenuous

Happy Hiking!

– Canyon Hiker

Cool 5 minute “first person video-hike” of Grand Canyon’s South Kaibab Trail

This is a cool 5 minute “first person video-hike” of the 7.4 mile South Kaibab Trail from Grand Canyon’s South Rim down to the Phantom Ranch.  Courtesy of www.TrailVista.com.

This video is very well done and shows you a little of what to expect on your Grand Canyon hike.  But don’t let it fool you, this hike isn’t a 5 minute walk in the park.  You need to be prepared for the challenge.

Happy Hiking!

– Canyon Hiker

A really good video on the different Grand Canyon hiking trails.

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This video covers the different Grand Canyon Hiking trails.  This is one of the better videos out there but  it runs fast so pay close attention because it provides a lot of good tips.



Grand Canyon Trail Map – This is a must have!

Grand Canyon Trail Map

This Grand Canyon Trail Map is a must have.  Not just to carry with you on your hike, but more importantly, for planning your trip.  Some of the what this map covers are the popular trails (where 99% of visitors travel), mileage between landmarks, and trail difficulty.  You’ll find that this is important when planning your hike.

Why do I recommend this map?  When Juan and I originally planned our Grand Canyon hike, we knew which trails we wanted to take and how long they were, but that was it.  We figured the trails would be clearly marked and we would find our way.  We felt a map wasn’t necessary.  For the most part, it worked.  Until our second day…

Where we went wrong?  We didn’t plan correctly.

We were on on way to find the next campsite, Horn Creek.  It was supposed to be 2.5 miles from Indian Gardens.  We found Indian Gardens, but then, we literally hiked all day and into the night and Horn Creek was nowhere to be found.  Since Horn Creek is a secluded campsite, we were the only ones on the trail.  It turned out that we completely missed the turn off that led to the campsite.  By then it was too late, too dark, and we were too tired.  We ended up setting up our tents (in the dark) right off the trail.  Naturally, it started to rain, complete with lightning, and at the same time the wind made it twice as hard to set up our tents.  Not to mention the eery feeling that we were being watched by the hungry native Grand Canyon animals.  Oh, did I mention the cacti?

We should’ve had a better idea of where we were going, how long it should take us, and a Plan B or even C in case something went wrong.  As we got deeper into the trail, not being sure where we were going really dropped our moral.  Once that happened, it was even more difficult to make decisions to either trail back, push forward, or stay put.  It wasn’t our happier Grand Canyon moments.  I did, however, capture a great picture of the sunset.

Who would’ve thought that something as simple as a map could’ve saved us in so many ways?

Seal Line Map Case

Happy Hiking!

Canyon Hiker