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#197621 - 03/10/10 02:32 AM Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles?
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2396
Do you carry a stick when you walk or hike/ backpack? Why? What kind?

#197623 - 03/10/10 02:43 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: TeacherRO]
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
6' long bamboo staff, mainly to clear away spiderwebs.

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#197624 - 03/10/10 02:45 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: Blast]
epirider Offline

Registered: 12/03/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Wyoming, USA
4 foot long birch sanded stained and poly'd. Leather wrap hand hold, not sure why, just like it. Oh ya ... not big on spiderwebs either blast.
A government big enough to give you everything you want,
is strong enough to take everything you have.
Thomas Jefferson

#197627 - 03/10/10 03:13 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: epirider]
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1401
Loc: Cranbrook BC (Finally)
Trekking poles. 20+ years of youthful invincibilty with too many heavy packs over 1000's of miles of rough trail hiking and mountaineering has now started to play havoc on my mid 40's knees...
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

#197632 - 03/10/10 04:15 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: Teslinhiker]
Art_in_FL Offline

Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
When hiking I like to have a sturdy pole of some description.

I have a few I've used previously buy I often forget to bring one and often simply scavenge one near the trail head from dead fall. Bamboo is nice if it is handy and in good condition. But I'm not really picky. Nor do I get very sentimental about a stick. Picked up at the trail head I often leave it leaning against a tree for the next hiker when I get back.

Mighty handy. Clearing spiderwebs, checking to see if that 'puddle' is really six feet deep (it happens in the land of sinkholes), checking a clump of grass for snakes before charging into it, and probing the water's edge for alligators hiding underwater before kneeling down and working your water filter. Also handy for persuading a snakes to move off the trail, discouraging an overly friendly raccoon, and propping up one edge of a poncho to make a quick shelter to sit under while waiting for the afternoon rain to clear.

A nice stick is about as universally handy as a good bandanna.

#197634 - 03/10/10 05:30 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: Art_in_FL]
fasteer Offline

Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 63
Loc: away
bought one over the winter - a 1st for me:

#197635 - 03/10/10 07:23 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: fasteer]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2818
Loc: La-USA
An oak taproot, sanded and polyurethaned.

Besides the purposes already listed, I also use it as: a lantern stand, part of a shelter, clothes dryer hanger, and anything else that a need identifies.
The best luck is what you make yourself!

#197636 - 03/10/10 07:24 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: fasteer]
MostlyHarmless Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 06/03/09
Posts: 982
Loc: Norway
I do a lot of skiing. Poles are considered somewhat mandatory. (Not quite true, our kids learn to ski without. Improves balance and the proper nordic skiing technique comes automatic when you don't fuss with the poles. This is why our family motto is: The cool and though ski without poles. Of course I must set the example and ski without poles with our kids...)

Using ski poles 3-4 months each year I am a bit pussled that I'm not bitten by the hiking poles bug. I've tried a couple of times, and objectively there is no doubt that it relieves the knees and legs. But so far it feels better to hike without them. Guess I have somewhat to try a bit harder...

If I'm ever in snake / spider / gator country I will follow the 6' pole advice pretty quickly. Not really a probleme here. If I need a stick to check water levels or whatever I just find one, but I never walk with it.

#197637 - 03/10/10 08:43 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: TeacherRO]
camerono Offline

Registered: 02/19/05
Posts: 146

Not coordinated enough.

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#197642 - 03/10/10 11:08 AM Re: Walking stick? staff? Hiking poles? [Re: camerono]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 1174
Loc: MN, Land O' Lakes & Rivers ...
DW and I do a lot of hiking on the forest and prairie trails. Always have our 5' black walnut walking sticks with us. Cut, peeled, dried and sanded by hand, they take on a great luster when stained a golden oak color and coated with glossy polyurethane. Add a camo paracord wrist strap with wooden beads, and a hard metal tip embedded into the bottom end, and it's a joy to wield. We always have a couple of blanks drying in the shed. The sticks give us a little extra traction on a muddy slope, parts the thorny canes to access the blackberries, moves the nettles aside to search for morrels, shuffles the gravel in a clear brook to uncover the agates, helps answer the question; what's that?................
The man got the powr but the byrd got the wyng

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