But sometimes you need a helping hand to ensure that you make the most of that trek up the hill or your favourite mountain.
The Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 poles are the ideal companion to take with you. They are very lightweight and pack down easily, weighing virtually nothing too.
Komperdell is known for its strength, quality and durability and these poles weigh just 181 grams when packed, with an adjustable length between 120 and 145 cm.
With the added bonus of features such as expedition grip short, a padded strap and special locking system, the poles will become your best friend when you attempt to climb just a little higher next time!
Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Vario 4, retails at £190 and is available via www.firstascent.co.uk