What with all the internet chatter about hiking with poles, I was happy to learn the Santa Monica REI will be holding a clinic on how to properly use your twin telescoping buddies on June 13th.

The class is free, and attendants will get the chance to win some free gear – like some trekking poles, Nalgene bottles, or a new pair of Merrell boots.

… might be worth checking out. Even if it’s just for the chance to win some free stuff.