Slang term for the hiking poles (a.k.a. “trekking poles”) that have come into common use over the last decade. Though it is somewhat uncertain, the term “bobs” is widely believed to be in honor of Robert L.M. Underhill, an American mountaineer best known for introducing Alpine style climbing techniques in the United States during the 1920s and 30s.
The phrase, “he’s got his bobs,” is sometimes used among elite mountaineers to indicate an individual has the appropriate equipment for a particular expedition or outing.
"It's a very difficult hike, you'd better bring your bobs if you expect to make the summit."
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