Department of Misinformation

Not ski poles. Definitely not ski poles.

FrustrationFrom a UK post, “New Fitness Walking Activity on Offer at Luton’s Stockwood Park“: “NORDIC Walking sessions have been introduced in Stockwood Park for people who want to improve their fitness. Nordic Walking involves walking with ski poles to ensure the upper body muscles are used as well as the leg.”

How often do Nordic Walking advocates explain that walking poles are similar to, but not the same as, ski poles? Seemingly, not often enough. Some of the confusion might come from the fact that “ski walking” is one of the several names that what I refer to as “Nordic Walking” has gone by.

 

Pole Walkers on My Street

NordicWalkingI haven’t added any posts in months, because I wasn’t seeing a lot of traffic — or a lot of interest in Nordic Walking. I was encouraged this morning. When I popped outside to pick up my newspapers, I saw a couple striding up the street at a good clip — poles in hands. I was still wearing my nightshirt, so I didn’t trot after them to talk to them. Also, they were behind parked cars, so I couldn’t tell what kind of poles they were using. But the very sight of them encouraged me enough to post this, to approve some comments left since I last checked and to be more conscientious about posting now and then.

Nordic Walking on Snow

Eagle Trail is snow-covered and smooth

P1050988 During the quadrennial Winter Olympics, I spend a lot of time “tele-veging” because the sports of snow and ice are my favorites. My husband and I took a break today, going for a walk on the Eagle Trail in northeast Boulder. The trail system crosses grazing land, some of it now managed by Boulder Mountain Parks & Open Space and some in private hands. The gentle, flat trails provide fine big-sky views.

The trail was snow-covered, and while it was soft in late-morning, I did slip the traction paws onto my LEKI Nordic Walking poles. They are like studded snow tires, suitable for ice sidewalks but good for soft snow as well. We saw people walking, people walking with dogs, people running, people running with dogs and one cross-country skiers. I was the only Nordic Walker.

Haystack Mountain seen across white meadows and through the trees.

Haystack Mountain seen across white meadows and through the trees.

 

We encounter a number of people, but I was the only one with Nordic Walking poles.

We encounter a number of people, but I was the only one with Nordic Walking poles.

Where the trail branches with the Eagle Trail to the left and the Sage Trail to the right, we chose Sage in honor of American slopestyle boarder Sage Kotsenburg, who just became the first American gold medalist at the Sochi Olympics

Where the trail branches with the Eagle Trail to the left and the Sage Trail to the right, we chose Sage in honor of American slopestyle boarder Sage Kotsenburg, who just became the first American gold medalist at the Sochi Olympics.