Devil’s Path in the Catskill Mountains is considered one of the toughest trails on the east coast. Completing it requires climbing and descending over 14,000 vertical feet. You’ll hike straight up, straight down, rinse, and repeat for 25 miles.

Partway through one Devil’s Path adventure, my partner in crime rolled his ankle, aggravating a recent injury. The uneven terrain made it uncomfortable for him to hike, especially the series of rocky descents we had to contend with.

It was one of the first trips I brought trekking poles on, and boy did they come in handy

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