Thursday, October 6, 2022

Learning How to use Trekking Poles for Hiking, Walking and Mobility

People are like containers.  Fill them up to capacity and then either they overflow or something has to come out to make room for more info.

Learning a new skill takes PRACTICE.  In a field seminar, we fit people to determine which poles best fit their structure and will help them achieve their hiking or walking goals.  Then we discuss how to properly use straps, how to optimally set pole length and then how to OPTIMALLY use poles on a variety of terrain.

We make a clear distinction between correct use and optimal use.  Since everyone is different, with individual goals and issues, we encourage people to FEEL what works best for them.   For instance, just because everyone on the planet says to set poles at 90 degrees at the elbow does not make it right for everyone (or practically anyone).  What if you have lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) or a past bout of rotator cuff syndrome or tired wrists from using a computer?  The key is to provide  the many benefits of poles WITHOUT inviting strain elsewhere.

So how does someone learn to use poles in the best way for their individual needs and goals?

Here in the Bay Area of Northern CA, we offer a variety of classes and field seminars  (calendar).  If you have the opportunity to take a class, great!

If you’re not local to AdventureBuddies, watch the DVD that best addresses your abilities.   Then read the DVD updates on this blog.   It’s wildly expensive to update a DVD, but we use this blog to update and enhance the training.  If you’re in doubt about which DVD will best help you achieve your goals, start with the Mobility DVD and progress to the Hiking DVD.

Enjoy your poles, your body, your buddies and the outdoors!

Tips & Advice if you’re considering a New Kitten by Veterinarian Dale Paley

December 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

Cats in general are little easier than dogs.  They tend to be more picky about getting into things and more selective about what they will ingest (with some exceptions…), they make great pets for the person ‘on the go” that does not have the time that a puppy will require.

Some people are just not CAT People.  Make sure your family members are ALL in agreement with your selection of a cat as a new pet!   Also, allergies to cats are common so assure young “Johnny” is not allergic or the cat will have to go!  Click on any picture to enlarge.  This is Christy, rescued from a dumpster,  on her first weekend at her new home with Dr. Dale.

  • Decide first if you want a purebred or domestic breed. The Domestic (non purebreds) are by far the most common choice (and are often FREE of charge!)  Finding a kitten is usually easy.   Local newspapers, Humane society or animal pounds, or your local veterinarian will all be good resources to find kittens needing good homes
  • Decide if you want long or short hair. Long-haired cats (although pretty), require more grooming.
  • Decide if you want a male or female cat, they both make good pets.

I am a big fan of BATHING Cats … yes folks you heard that correctly!

If you start bathing them  as kittens, and they  get them used to it,  it is NOT a big deal at all!   Plus, it makes their coats beautiful and easier to manage.   It also cuts down on the dander and allergens circulating around the house- a definite added bonus!!!  Please make sure the shampoo use states it can be used on cats… and do not use flea shampoos.

Most importantly, CATS ARE NOT SMALL DOGS… You must be very careful what you put ON or IN your cat/kitten.   No drugs from the bathroom cabinet or the left over flea product you used on your dog….   cats are very sensitive.   For example- ONE Tylenol tablet will KILL your cat if it is ingested.  They are very sensitive to insecticides and over-the-counter flea products.   Call your vet if you have questions and before administering ANY products.

Decide if your cat will be an indoors or outdoors pet; that make s a big difference with everything:  diet, vaccines flea products etc.  If kept indoors they will need a litter box (or preferably more than one).   Cats tend to be fastidious and clean.  They do not need to be trained to use the litter box ( yea!).   They do however, like it cleaned frequently and regularly and some cats have preferences with respect  to the material or type of litter used in the  box.

Feed your cat a good quality diet using both canned and dry. Canned can be messy,  but these days there is not a vet on the planet that would not recommend at least part of the cat’s diet consist of canned food. This has to do with a healthy urinary system which your vet will explain on your first visit to him/her.

Like dogs, cats need a series of vaccines.   Set this appointment up with your local veterinarian as soon as possible!  This will also give you the opportunity to ask the many questions that may arise regarding your new kitten.

Preventative medicine in general is the key to good health in both cats and dogs. Enjoy your new member of the family and tune in next time for your first visit to the vet with Dr Dale!!

New Puppy? Advice from Veterinarian, Dale Paley

December 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

What is more joyful than a new bundle of fur on Christmas morning?  Yes folks,  I am referring to that new puppy or kitten that all children seem to wish for as a present (one of many no doubt!!!)  So if you have taken that leap and now are wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into (as the puppy eats all the Christmas ornaments and tears the wrapping off the presents before your children do)… well I am recruited by AdventureBuddies to offer a little advice!

Jackson as a young lad

The New Puppy: (by Dr Dale)

– Do your homework before getting the puppy!
– Know what breed might be best for your family.
Start with: large or small size dog?  purebred or mix breed? maybe a puppy from the Humane society?   (save a life at Christmas what a nice thought!!)

The first year is the most important as the puppy grows from puppy hood (baby) to an adult… During this time, they will acquire all his/ her good or bad habits. Make sure you have time, energy and willingness to put time and effort into your new “family member’s” training and upbringing.   Mom… YOU will be doing the work… despite your child’s promise to take care of EVERYTHING,

Puppy proof your house. Puppies will get into and EAT everything so take stock and care to assure your new puppy does not get into and swallow your best pair of shoes, etc.  Think of your puppy as a Baby” (and mental capabilities along those same lines…) React accordingly!!   Be patient, but firm and consistent with all instructions. Be kind and use a reward system for good behavior (treats are great or simply kind words or touch are also very positive).

Get yourself a good puppy book to teach you the fundamentals of house-training and general concepts of dog behavior.

My nephew, Jackson

Speaking of house training … your puppy WILL make mistakes. At the young age, he/ she is not physically capable of holding urine for long periods of time. Don’t get frustrated and use positive reinforcement techniques to acquire you goals. Many people like to use crate training which is very acceptable. Animals in general do not like to soil where they sleep!

Feed your new puppy three times a day using a good quality puppy food both canned and dry (or just dry depending on your preference ) is preferable.   Make an appointment with your local vet to establish a new relationship.  They can give you advice on diet and address the many questions you will have by your first visit.  Most vets sell a brand of great quality dog food and you may choose to use theirs.

Dale Paley, DVM with new dumpster rescue kitty

Puppies need a series of vaccines and I cannot stress the importance of this enough! Start at 6-7 weeks, and then every 3-4 weeks until they are 16-20 weeks old. The “breeders” puppy vaccines are NOT adequate.   Don’t procrastinate on this!   Puppy diseases can be fatal to the puppy and heartbreaking to the owner!

Probably the most important thing to remember is that A TIRED puppy is a GOOD puppy!!!!” Lots of play and exercise and the puppy will spend less time eating your house, and more time sleeping.   Lastly, have fun with you new bundle of joy (and get lots of pictures!!!)

Dale Paley, DVM

Utah Sweets & Holiday Treats (Chocolate)

December 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous, Travel

We flip-flopped our Southern Utah trip because of winter snow storms.  Instead of Bryce to Moab, we started in Moab and wound our way back thru Bryce.  On the way from Moab to Bryce, we stopped so driver-Bob could get a cup of coffee.  We found a little coffee shop, like an oasis in the desert.  Nestled in Torrey, Utah, we discovered a true gem – a coffee/sandwich/candy shop with exquisitely made  goodies .

Red Desert Candy Company

We bought hearty soup for our dinner and some goodies for our hikes.  Their dark chocolate  rum truffle bar is ’bout as good as it gets if you love exotic  treats.   Also the  dark chocolate covered red cactus jellies, made with real cactus juice are delectable!

If you’re looking for  unique and special gifts, we liked the Red Cactus Jellies, the Rum Truffle Bars, Trail bars (great for hiking)  and the white and dark chocolate covered cookies.   Yes, they have a website and yes they ship. 435-491-0017 or

Going to the dark side: How to help AdventureBuddies

October 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous, Uncommon Sense

You might notice two new links to the right of this page.

  • REI
  • Amazon

Yes, it’s a bit of shameless commercialism; allow me to explain.

These are affiliate links.  If you click from this site to either REI or Amazon, AdventureBuddies gets a very small commission on any purchase you make from that initial click.  This costs you nothing.

If you happen to visit our blog before you shop Amazon or REI and click either of these links, we thank you!

AdventureBuddies Facebook Page

October 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

Check out our Facebook page when you have a moment and keep in touch? 🙂

Ten Tips: Cold Weather Safety for Your Dog

September 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

As we enter the colder months of fall and winter, it’s time to think about pulling out that scarf and heavy coat. But if you’re a dog owner, it’s also important to think about keeping Fido warm during those walks through frosty leaves or fresh snow. Here are some tips to keep your dog safe through the cold season.

1. Never leave your dog outside in the cold. Although some dogs with thick fur coats are better suited to the cold than others, a dog should always have access to shelter and warmth. If your dogs spends most of his time outside, you should provide a heated bed and shelter. It’s also important to put a dog’s food and water somewhere where they won’t freeze.

2. Give your dog extra protection. Small dogs such as chihuahuas, terriers, and whippets, as well as those with little hair such as greyhounds can benefit from an extra layer of warmth. A dog sweater or jacket can make a big difference–but don’t force your dog to wear anything he doesn’t want to wear.

3. Watch those feet! Foot protection booties are another good idea–if your dog doesn’t mind wearing them. Not only will they keep his feet warm, but they will also protect him from salt and ice. If he doesn’t want to wear booties, rinse his feet off after walking through areas where de-icers have been used and check bottoms of his feet for injuries.

4. Keep your dog off the ice. Make sure that your dog is always close to you when walking near ice patches. Never let him run over a large frozen body of water, as the ice could be thin enough to break.

5. Don’t let your dog eat anything off the ground. Eating snow can make a dog sick or even give him hypothermia. Snow may also contain dangerous objects or chemicals. Antifreeze is especially harmful–it can kill your dog if not treated immediately.

6. Make sure your dog stays warm. If your dog starts shaking or shivering, get him inside as soon as possible. You should also your dog’s ears, groin area, and any exposed skin for frostbite after he has been exposed to the cold for a long period of time. If you think that he may be developing hypothermia, you should take him to a vet immediately.

7. Be prepared for emergency. In addition to extra poop bags, you should always carry extra water for your dog, no matter what temperature it is outside. It is also important that you let someone else know where you are going and to carry ID and a cell phone with you in case of emergency. You may even want to program your vet’s number into your phone.

8. Take extra precaution at night. When walking at night or in the early morning, always bring a flashlight or headlamp to watch for ice and other hazards. It’s also a good idea to wear light or reflective clothing so that cars can see you, especially with the increased risk of car accidents due to adverse weather conditions.

9. Care for your dog’s arthritis. If your dog has arthritis, it will be worse in cold or damp conditions.  Handle your pet gently, provide soft bedding, administer necessary medications, and be sure to watch for ice during walks.

10. Have fun! Don’t let your dog be cooped up inside if he normally enjoys going for walks. If your dog is having difficulties due to deep snow, slippery ice, or the bitter cold, try shortening your normal walk time.

For general concerns, it never hurts to consult your local veterinarian with any questions or concerns you may have about your dog’s health during the winter months.

As outdoor enthusiasts, we appreciate seasonal info.  This Guest Post is by Ashley Porter; she is a pet lover who writes about various topics including pet health issues and is the owner of a site that has lots more great info on pets. 


A Favorite Tip for Personal Security

September 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous, Uncommon Sense

Photocopy everything in your wallet – back and front.

Recently a client lost her wallet.  She had no idea what was in it and had to wait days to get vital info from her office.    It reminded me to do this again (things change).  I file the copies in a safe and accessible place.

Hope you like this tip!  Hope you like my new blog!

Pet Peeve: Cell phone etiquette

September 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous, Uncommon Sense

The problem:  I recently got a cell phone message from someone I care about.  She spoke so fast (even frantically) and left her number at the end of a long email.  I could not understand her number and it did not come up on my call log.


My solution:  When you call me, please –

  • state your name
  • say your number slowly and clearly
  • leave your message
  • repeat your number slowly and clearly
  • remember that cell messages can cut out so make sure to be clear, concise and to smile!

Please feel free to reply with a pet peeve of your own!

Percussion Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis – Post #5

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Fitness & Health, Miscellaneous

Post #5

I’ve dealt with Plantar Fasciitis (PF) on a personal level and I’ve also treated it in others.  My Percussor has been magic.  This is a woodworking machine with a special handset developed by an osteopath.  It’s deep, yet gentle, vibration.  The treatment is for PF addresses the entire lower leg, not just the foot.

Percussion is also helpful for tendonitis and peripheral neuropathy.  With just one session, you’d know if it is efficacious.    People with MS notice that their legs feel “more alive.”

I discovered the Percussor when I was dealing with fibrosis associated with Lymphedema (secondary to breast cancer).    It was the only thing that worked for me because I needed deep, yet gentle work to relieve the fibrosis and not counteract the gently lymphatic drainage I was doing.

If you’ve tried everything and are still suffering, call or email me.  We can try a session and see if you get results.

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