posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 10:18 AM
Originally posted by lowki
But does it actually aid in walking?
And if so, how does it do it.
Simply put, a stout walking stick effectively gives you a "third leg", and a tripod is a much more stable platform, especially on uneven ground.
I used to have a good stick when I lived in New England and would often hike the woods. It was about 5 feet tall, and sturdy. I had it wrapped with 30
feet of parachute cord for a grip which could be removed if cord was needed. There were two holes drilled into the top in which resided a couple of
4" nails, wedged in with blades of dry grass to keep them secure. They came in handy rather often. I had a couple of bandanas tied around it which
could serve as headwear, bandages, a container to hold small found objects (berries, tinder, etc.) or any number of other things. The bottom end was
reinforced by wrapping it with bailing wire to reduce breakage, and could be used as snare wire or many other things. There was also a whistle tied to
it, because you never know.
Now, in Florida, the woods and climate aren't as hospitable for hiking, so I don't get out much. I gave my stick to friend up north who I knew would
use it often, as we had often hiked together and he always admired it. Before I gave it to him, I carved my name into it, and told him to do the same
if/when he passed it on.
I kinda miss it sometimes, but it's better to have it being used than to have it in a closet.