Camping no. Packing in, probably. I find hiking poles to be helpful keeping balance at times backpacking and almost essential hauling a pack 100 lbs full from recent success. They have saved me from toppling over. A good light pair is worth their weight and a good pair doesn't weigh that much really.
2 ACL tears in my left knee, and a torn IT band in the left knee.....all on different occasions. Poles are a must for me when descending with a full pack. For the 1.5lbs that a good set add, they are worth their weight in gold in stability and safety. Strap 90lbs on your back (typical gear plus an elk hind quarter) and hike around some uneven ground prior to your hunt with them, and without them. I'm pretty confident that you will see the advantage quickly.
Heck yes! Good lightweight poles are a must in steep country. Life saving. It could be all the difference when hunting. I never would have physically made it on some hunts without them. I work out 6 days a week and even then I use them , and can help with shooting at times.
The NightForce tripod incorporated trekking poles into the design of their tripod. I like this setup because it is multipurpose. And I definitely use the trekking poles. I am pretty sure Spartan Precision tripods can do the same thing.
Absolutely. Game changer and won’t ever be without. Get the cascade mtn tech off Amazon, the carbon fiber, flip locks, cork grips. Like 45 bucks. Super light and super tough. I personally have 3 sets, dad has 2, friends and many others with them. I’ve beat the snot outa them and zero failures.
Hiking poles are a game changer. Never used them for 20 yrs hunting. Saw bigger, stronger, more in shape guys than me using them to hunt so I thought I’d give a cheap pair a try. They were awkward at first but after using them on an elk pack out I was sold. The other guys were fighting me for one of the two I had. Now I use them always. They save you from tumbling and allow you to go farther and harder with less fatigue at the end of the day.
Climbing in/up with a 50lb pack isn’t bad but packing out going downhill with that pack plus some meat is much easier with poles. It’s a real game changer. I actually run a nightforce tripod that has 2 removable legs that are trekking poles. This tripod is now discontinued and doesn’t get much love in many circles but it has been great for me. I love dual purpose items that save ounces and inches.