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Mountain Hiking — October 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Make Your Own Wood Hiking Staff

Using a walking staff on your hiking trip can be of great assistance. Having something to lean on just a bit on every step, puts off pressure from the legs. Its benefit is 100 % felt when walking up a slope. Here are some tips on how to make your own wood hiking staff.

Custom wood hiking staff:
Custom wood hiking staff

The first thing you need to do is find a good strong tree; beech, ash, oak or wild cheery. Cut a 6 foot, or about 180cm, straight piece of wood from a strong branch. Since you are cutting a branch from a tree, let it be a big one so that one branch less won’t affect the tree’s life.

Cut the bark on top of the staff, making a comfortable place for your hand. Leaving the hard bark can damage your hand with blisters and small cuts. The length of the staff doesn’t have to be 6 foot. Make the staff long as much as you see fit. Test the staff for strength before you take it with you.

Another custom wood hiking staff:
Custom wood hiking staff

A simple straight walking staff is not the only type; you can make a staff from a branch that has two other branches separating at the end of it. So when you cut that branch, the top of the staff has the beginnings of the two branches forming a V letter. This composition will give the hand various ways of holding. The V will can also serve as a good clothing hanger when you stop for a break.

An interesting walking staff, similar to the V version, is when instead of two branches separating, there is a single horizontal branch at the end. And when you cut that to make a walking staff, the top of the staff has the form of the letter T. The length of the T staff should be about half your size, because it acts more like a cane rather then a staff. The T on the top of the staff provides a good grip for the hand leaving the arm in a straight parallel position with the body.

One Comment

  1. More experienced (and older) climbers often say that good pair of hiking staff can preserve as much as 30% of your energy during climbing up when properly used.
    And the relief of the joints while climbing down is significant.

    Not to forget the great assistance of the hiking stuff as a “magical wand” when it comes to collecting most various berries, usually (just) out of rich of your hands 🙂 .

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