Here is the ton of loot Warren and I received/gave each other for Christmas. Note the hiking poles. Neither of us asked for them. Oddly, we both got each other a set. Naturally, cute husband gave me the top-of-the-line sticks and I got him the middle-of-the-roads.
All this new hiking gear and goodies is torture in mid winter. I used my new poles to walk around the house. Next time I'll add some rocks for more realistic PA AT hiking.