Leki Poles Course with Hiking Highs

in association with KONG Running


HIKING HIGHS meets KONG RUNNING for a Leki Poles Workshop!

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Date: Sunday 17th March 2024

Time: 10:00 – 14:30

Location: Kong Running, Keswick, CA12 5EZ

Cost: £55 per person

Equipment: Leki demo poles will be provided to use and try before you buy (no obligation to buy)

Kit list: See below


Master the art of using your poles efficiently in The Lake District fells. Get the poles bug, and learn to love your new skill and those hills!

This workshop is ideal if you are a speedy fell walker, entering ultra distance events and anything in between.

Workshop Plan:

2 hours basic techniques – begin with fundamentals of efficient use of poles, and how this changes the way your body moves once it becomes a quadruped (2 legs / 2 poles!). 

2 hour hike/jog will follow moving onto hill techniques for both uphill and downhill and over technical ground with ease.

We will have fun with our poles, even learning to skip for strength and fitness too. You need to learn to walk before you can run – literally!

The Hiking Highs coach will teach you how to:

  • Increase uphill speed by ⅓ with correct posture and pole plant
  • Use 90% of your muscles, by using upper body equally as hard as lower body
  • Strengthen lower back and core muscles – use these correctly and the rest of the body will just work alongside them with your poles
  • Lift pelvic floor, essential for everyone, as this is where the power for our shoulder/arm strength originates in the body
  • Alleviate pressure on knees/hips/ankles on the descents
  • Additional balance techniques/protection for speedy descents
  • Manage your poles over technical and rough ground to give confidence, allowing constant speeds where otherwise one may be hesitant.
  • Have excellent ‘pole etiquette’ around other walkers and runners – no one likes poles flying everywhere at gates/stiles or when not being used
  • Understand when to use your poles, which will be different for everyone, depending on your goals
  • AND most of all have fun in the fells with 4 legs!


Please note that this session is all about technique and not about the hike or run – you can head off to practice after your course.  The course will entail a 10km-15km hike/jog, dependent on participants and weather on the day.


Hiking Highs Leki Poles Coach – Nicky Merrett

Nicky Merrett, founder of ‘Hiking Highs’ and formerly ‘Nics Nordic Walks’ in 2015.  She has taught over 1000 hikers and runners to move efficiently with Leki poles in the Lake District mountains, and she prides herself on clients achieving a great technique by the end of a session. Nicky also delivers guided hikes and is a navigation coach – sharing these tools inspires folk to share her passion for exploring and pushing boundaries whatever their age or fitness level.

Nicky has worked alongside Leki since the beginning of her outdoor career in 2015, and partners up with Leki for national outdoor events and races to demonstrate techniques and advise on which poles and which length is right for their customers.

Living at the foot of Helvellyn, Nicky has the Helvellyn Massif as her playground all year round. Using poles in the fells and also teaching their magic is Nicky’s passion.


KIT LIST – required for all hikers heading into the fells with Hiking Highs guides/instructors:

  • Rucksack/running vest for your kit for the day, lunch, and spare kit
  • Boots or trail shoes/approach shoes with good trail grip
  • Walking socks, or waterproof socks if weather us not in our favour
  • Waterproof top with hood – taped seams essential, so fully waterproof
  • Waterproof bottoms with taped seams, so fully waterproof (waterproofs are essential even on dry days, as these are your emergency layer)
  • Spare midlayer/jacket for emergencies that you don’t intend to wear for the walk
  • Hat
  • Gloves, or waterproof gloves if the day is due to be wet
  • Lunch & snacks that are easily accessible in your pack
  • Cold drink
  • Head torch – this is essential emergency kit for each member of the group between September & April inclusive (we have spares, so please advise if you need to borrow one).


Find out more about Hiking Highs: https://hikinghighs.co.uk/