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Trekking Poles: Although ultramarathon runners will not bother with trekking poles even when thru-hiking, mere mortal thru-hikers and persons with knee problems are inclined to consider trekking poles the only essential piece of gear. Poles, which can be fashioned from downed tree branches, provide balance while crossing streams and other slippery, flat surfaces. The feet retain grip by supporting weight while delegating balance to the poles. Because backpacks have their own inertia, a hiker carrying an unusually heavy backpack can rely on poles for balance on any surface. On slight-uphill stretches of good trail, poles used correctly can increase one's speed. Other than for balance, poles require practice to be useful. Thru-hikers have more experience and find themselves on good trail more often than other hikers, so more often keep trekking poles in their hands even when only carrying them. Poles are a nuisance whenever the hands are wanted for something else, when eating and drinking, when preferring to keep your hands in your pockets, when wiping or blowing your nose, when scrambling and bouldering, when catching a fall, when off trail or on a poor trail where a pole can become stuck between rocks, and are a nuisance for the people behind you when on a dusty trail. Unless circumstances suggest trekking poles will be useful, they are often left at home or, just in case, carried on the pack.
Climbing! , also known as Mountain Climbing! , is the official debut studio album by American blues rock band Mountain . Released on March 7, 1970, the album featured the 'classic' Mountain lineup of Leslie West (guitar, vocals), Felix Pappalardi (bass, vocals, piano), Corky Laing (drums, percussion) and Steve Knight (keyboards) and followed the West solo album Mountain featuring Pappalardi and drummer Norman Smart, released in 1969 and often credited to the band. Produced by Pappalardi, the album reached number 17 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart and featured the band's best-known song, " Mississippi Queen ". An early rendition of "For Yasgur's Farm" was actually performed at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969 as Who Am I But You And The Sun. It was subsequently recorded and retitled for the album.