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Dana Myers, manager and buyer at River Jack Outdoor Trading Co. 181 NE Broad Street, Southern Pines 910-692-5225 riverjack.com OutreachNC: With trekking poles and walking sticks, what function do those have?

Dana Myers: We went on an outing with one of our groups and we got to test some of their poles. The difference is kind of amazing. It’s not that you need it so much, but it is kind of this helpful tool that you do notice an improvement in certain things. It’s not always the up, it’s really the down – down is a lot easier, but you go a lot faster. If you’re on a rocky trail or a lot of roots or something like that, it helps you maintain a pace and help with stability. I think most people who start using them could never go back to not using them. It’s one of those things – once you get the hang of it and the motion of it, then it becomes a really big, helpful tool. The walking sticks are kind of the same thing. Most people, when you’re on a trail in general, you kind of do it on your own – you find a cool stick and you pick one up. With the kids, they always kind of tend to do that. It’s kind of the same thing. It’s a helpful tool – you get cobwebs out if they’re in front of you. Around here I think a lot of people can use them on the street. There’s different bottoms that are used for different things. There’s a snow pick. If you’re doing it for aerobic activity, one that’s a little more rounded. Trekking poles help you maintain a pace and help with stability. As you were saying before the interview, people around here like them because it doesn’t look like a cane.

Exactly. It’s kind of a cool use for something that’s functional. Let’s switch to paddling. Do you have older customers who want to get into or back into paddling?

A lot of people around here either used to do it, maybe had to stop and are wanting to get back into it or they have older equipment that just needs updating. A lot of our customers just really want something to do aerobic outside. It’s an exercise tool. Their doctors told them they need ... help with their upper body and maybe they’re not gym people. Maybe they told them a kayak would be good for their upper body strength and things like that. It’s an AUGUST 2018 |

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