Stephen, Re no mosquitoes: good to know and thanks for the confirmation.
Mike, You're correct; I don't use trekking poles. I've tried them, but didn't notice any benefit while walking and found them annoying to hold. I like to have my hands free on the go for taking pictures, grabbing water, snacking, referencing a map, balance, throwin' THE finger and gang signs, walking on hands, cartwheels, etc. Yes, personal preference thing for sure. As for weight, you're trekking poles don't weigh "nothing" and you're still carrying them, literally.
Ken, Re Ti Goat's vs. SeekOutside's: ironically I chose the SeekOutside pole because I liked their adjustment method better than Ti Goat's. Also, SeekOutside's may be a bit more robust since it has a larger diameter, but there are many other factors to carbon fiber that should be considered. Either way, I don't think a person could go wrong.