Competition: WIN a brand new set of trekking poles

Your journey on the Camino de Santiago will take you up, over and around many different types of terrains. Climbing through forests and any of the uphill areas will be challenging so having a good pair of trekking poles will keep you balanced and help you to climb along the way. To celebrate the outdoors and our love of walking we have teamed up with Pacemaker Stix to give you the chance to win one of three sets of brand new trekking poles.



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For the runners up who enter the competition we have some great walking guidebooks from Cicerone Guides.

If you are contemplating whether to you or not to use walking poles. If you are planning to use Trekking Poles for your next long distance walk here are a few tips that will help you to stay comfortable on the trails:

  • Use the poles as a hiking helper: Trekking poles can be very helpful when you encounter obstacles in the trails. Poles will help to provide stability when you encounter rocky terrain, steep hills and streams. For instance if you encounter a large puddle you can use the pole to test how deep the water is. Also, you can use the poles to improve your balance on steep inclines and descents.
  • Walk naturally when you are using the poles. To keep your natural rhythm make sure that the poles are right length and that you are lifting the poles off the ground at the right intervals while walking.
  • Adjust the length of your poles to your height and keep them short enough that you can lift them without feeling awkward.
  • Open the strap so that you can get your hand through to grip the pole comfortably.
  • Once you have found your grip, tighten the strap if it is too loose and adjust it for different terrains on the routes.
  • Collapsible poles are great for travelling. Often you can tie them to the back of your backpack or even put them in your backpack when you are not using them.
  • Use the baskets on the bottom of the poles to stop the trekking poles from sinking too far into muddy surfaces.
  • On steep walking sections uphill shorten the poles and keep the poles close to your legs when walking. For very steep areas such as the Pyrenees, it is advisable not to use trekking poles unless you are very experienced.
  • When walking downhill stretch the poles out in front of you to help protect your knee joints.
  • Wrap duct tape around your pole for emergency use.
  • If you are out on the Camino routes without trekking poles you may be able to pick up a stick along the way.

If you are considering whether or not to use walking poles here are some pros and cons.


Competition open to all countries.
Competition is open until August 25th. Winners will be announced by
Prize cannot be exchanged for money, a cash alternative or any other items.
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Good luck to everyone!


  1. by Roland

    Hi Denis, Although there is only very few ice machine in Europe’s hotels, if there is a bar or a restaurant, they should be able to help.

  2. by Thérèse De Bellefeuille

    Thanks you

  3. by Denis Lepine

    Will there be ice at our accommodations ? I can bring a gel pack in my luggage that you will transport for me if not but also wonder if that gel pack can be put in a freezer for me. Thanks !

  4. by Maria

    Apologies Kevin, your details have been added to the competition. Good luck!

  5. by Maria

    Apologies Tommie, we’ve added your details to the entries now. Good luck!

  6. by Kevin Twomey

    Hi I have been trying to enter but an error message keeps coming up.

  7. by Tommie Coyne

    Unable to submit entry for competition
    keeps coming with error

  8. by Maria

    Hi Joie, the properties would generally have ice available but bringing a gel pack and asking them to put it in the freezer is a great idea and much easier. Let us know if you need anything else before your trip. Kind regards.

  9. by Maria

    Hi Lana, apologies. I can confirm your entry has been submitted. Good luck!

  10. by Maria

    Hi Frances, apologies for the confusion, I can confirm your entry has been submitted. Good luck!