Nah, Kyle, I was the only one that was truly overthinking things--everyone else was just trying to help. Well, the UK folks probably are in need of solving this issue, due to their rain, wind, and often treeless terrain. Thanks for your post, as it raises my confidence that things will work out well for me and my TrailStar.
But I still haven't learned how much I can cant my trekking pole before something bad happens. Any thoughts?