In the trees you'd have to keep the pole directly in front of you, holding it in your lead hand. It'd make cool footage but I could see it being a distraction.
Yeah you can do the pole in front, but it is one more thing to worry about especially in the tight trees. Mostly, I just got tired of carrying that damn pole around after a few runs and put it back in the condo. I wish someone would make a pole that retracts to about 6" long that way I could just put it in my cargo pocket.
Was that song choice an homage to Brad? haha
Nope, didn't even think about that actually. Weird!