The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Leki Makalu Adjustable Trekking Poles

1974

Leki Trekking Pole

Leki Trekking Pole     Photo: Courtesy of Leki

Karl Lenhardt developed an expander dowel locking system that tightened and loosened with a twist. He used the technology in a sectioned tubular aluminum trekking pole that could be expanded for hiking, collapsed for storage, and adjusted in the field. In 1975, Leki introduced the carbide pole tip, which gave trekkers better grip on rock and wore better mile after mile.

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