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PoleWalking at Lake Merritt in Oakland

January 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Our World, Poles for Nordic Walking

Join us on Friday afternoon, March 2, 2012 for a Nordic Walking training around beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland.  This park has undergone an amazing transformation thanks to the voting citizens of Oakland.   Class is listed with the City of Oakland.

Nordic Walking helps you walk with the attitude of youth.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial with video.

Photo from our bird-buddy, Len Blumin, with edited comments below.

The Redhead (Aythya americana) is sometimes seen in bays (Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, etc.) but more often on lakes and ponds. In my limited experience they have been shy birds, always too far for a photo. Imagine our delight when this one joined all the scaups and other Aythya at Lake Merritt yesterday. Swimming with 50 feet of the Redhead were a male Tufted Duck, male Ring-necked Duck, and both sexes of the Canvasback, Lesser Scaup and Greater Scaup.   The Redhead is a pretty duck, and rather unmistakeable.  An old name for the Redhead was “American Pochard”.   If there is a better “natural” spot in the world to view the Aythya, I’d be surprised.


4 Responses to “PoleWalking at Lake Merritt in Oakland”
  1. dspangler says:

    Hey Adventurebuddies,
    Along the same lines,, Nordic Walking is fitness walking with the use of poles. Unlike trekking, it requires the poles to be placed at 45 degrees to the ground to give a more propulsive effect with the ground when pushing through the poles.
    I look forward to your next post

    • I prefer to discuss Nordic Walking (or any use of poles) in terms of optimal for the person at their level of expertise instead of “requiring” the poles to be at a particular angle.

      I find that people adjust to poles individually and what might be optimal or best performing for one person differs for another.

      I try very hard to avoid the word “correct” when it comes to technique. There are elements of pole use that are correct or incorrect, but so much of learning is a process that evolves. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

      • Linda Hughen says:

        I am new to trekking poles and hike here locally in the pacific northwest. I love them, before using them my back and hips hurt all the time. Now I finish my hike in good shape. I have been experimenting with the use of length. The uphill sections hurt in the shoulder area so I must be using them wrong either in length or use. I use the wrist straps a lot (more on uphill than down). I am also training my dog to hike on a leash as many trails require the use of a leash. Jayah, I rented your DVD from the library many times to learn about poles. Any way, just speaking up here for the first time, check back later. Linda

        • Glad you discovered this blog – it’s where I put DVD updates. You’re experiencing what others have – understanding that reviewing the DVD periodically is helpful. Thanks for your comment – I LOVE comments and stay tuned 🙂 I hope you subscribed so you’ll get an email when I post updates.

          As for your shoulders:
          – snug up your straps
          – shorten your poles
          – use gloves
          – practice and let me know if this helps!

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