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Foxysdad

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walking sticks
« on: August 24, 2010, 11:16:44 PM »
When we were in Arizona last year there were not many places to find walking sticks so have decided to bring a bunch from BC with me this year. have mostly fir and cedar  .  Want to know what people would be looking for in a good walking stick and if they want fancy or plain.
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 12:35:47 AM »
I will assume you are not talking a stick acting as a cane but something more like an old fashioned quarterstaff.   

My preference is for a shaft about 5-6 feet long of a light, hard wood like ash or hickory.   I have cobbled one out of an ash hoe handle.   My favorite tho is a 5'6" foot long 1" diameter piece of well seasoned hickory bought at a desert outfitter.   It is sealed and provided with a 8" leather strap about 12" from the top to support the wrist while walking and a rubber crutch/cane tip at the bottom.

The wrist strap is important  -- it provides support for the wrist which greatly improves the grip on the staff.  My commercial staff has it made of leather and screwed into place.   If I were to make it myself, I would use nylon 1" webbing lashed to the pole with a whipping of 550 cord -- the whipping possibly sealed with an epoxy fishing rod varnish.
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010, 01:56:35 AM »
When we were in Arizona last year there were not many places to find walking sticks so have decided to bring a bunch from BC with me this year.

Where in AZ did you find a shortage, Howard?  Every other vendor in Quartzsite has walking sticks for sale. OTOH, if you can bring firewood at a good price, you "can" make a few bucks.

My walking stick is of a hard bamboo -- and "very" light. Not as strong perhaps as other woods, but for my limited walking on surfaces that require a good stick, it is certainly adequate to keep me off the ground.  If on level ground, I find a walking stick is pretty much just extra weight - but if coming down rocky terrain, an absolute necessity.
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Marc L

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010, 07:34:06 AM »
I use this walking stick because it has exactly the features I want:
- camera mount so it doubles as a monopod for a fraction of the price (primary reason I got it)
- telescopic so it takes less storage space
- shock absorber, nice during descent
- strap to help push up
- has both rubber and ice pick end
- also has a snow ring to put at the bottom for use in the winter like when snowshoeing

Wooden sticks look nicer, but don't offer all the features I like.
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2010, 08:19:44 AM »
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The wrist strap is important  -- it provides support for the wrist which greatly improves the grip on the staff.  My commercial staff has it made of leather and screwed into place.   If I were to make it myself, I would use nylon 1" webbing lashed to the pole with a whipping of 550 cord -- the whipping possibly sealed with an epoxy fishing rod varnish.

Carl, being an old "custom surf rod builder", I've used the exact techniques you described, both on rods and walking sticks.  I currently have two, one made of seasoned hickory and one made from dog wood.  I tend to put a finish on them, but they are intended to be functional and "used".
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2010, 08:27:43 AM »
Want to know what people would be looking for in a good walking stick...

I prefer one that is good and solid so that when my girlfriend gets out of line I can smack her real good with it.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2010, 09:58:53 AM »
I prefer one that is good and solid so that when my girlfriend gets out of line I can smack her real good with it.

You said that out loud sir. lol
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2010, 10:29:04 AM »
Nancy would grab the stick and whack me back twice as hard. For that reason, I don't even carry a stick!
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2010, 10:35:20 AM »
Wow, from walking sticks to relationship counseling.

That link shows a real nice one, is it sturdy?  A walking stick monopod is a great idea, I have seen others but priced over $100.   $23 is almost worrisome.
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2010, 10:43:22 AM »
Well BOB  I haven't made it to QS yet, but in Kanab Ut, Tucson ,Ajo and death Vally they were few and far between  OH yes their were very fancy and expensive ones available in some places but not ones I would go geocaching with.
Plus on my budget two nights in a rvpark is more important  that a fancy walking stick.
Seilerbird  you are BAD....... no sticks for you..... only wet noodles 
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2010, 10:43:42 AM »
It is working good for me.  My son and uncle-in-law have one too.  We are all happy with it.

It might not last someone that is hiking up and down mountains regularly, but for the occasional hiker like me, it's great. 
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2010, 01:01:41 PM »
Wow, from walking sticks to relationship counseling.

That link shows a real nice one, is it sturdy?  A walking stick monopod is a great idea, I have seen others but priced over $100.   $23 is almost worrisome.

I have one, a Leki a Czech make.   It is a lot handier for getting in and out of a vehicle but does not have the reach and security of a good staff.   It also has zero defensive capability.   A staff used as a quarterstaff is a classic weapon -- not an inconsiderable virtue in snake country.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2010, 01:11:52 PM »
I prefer one that is good and solid so that when my girlfriend gets out of line I can smack her real good with it.
I suppose I should clarify my last remark. I would never smack my girlfriend unless she deserved it.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2010, 02:36:42 PM »
I have 3.. One, my favorite is actually Lilac.. This one is kind of knarly and not very straight, but I find I really like it,  Plus Lilac is a very hard wood.  I had to cut it to fit in a car trunk though, would like to have it a bit longer

I have an OAK stick I got from the store at the Grand Canyon (South rim)

And one that someone gave me.. It is long enough but..  Well..  I like the one I cut off my Lilac tree better.    I may find a way to extend it some day.. but the extension will be a different wood.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2010, 02:42:28 PM »
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I would never smack my girlfriend unless she deserved it.

Just curious, does that mean you have a new girlfriend Tom?
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2010, 02:46:44 PM »
I'll bet he hugs his walking stick when sleeping at night.  No offense TomS.

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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2010, 03:15:02 PM »
Just curious, does that mean you have a new girlfriend Tom?

I found my old high school sweetheart on Facebook last month. I  am going to Florida in 10 days to spend the winter with her. She lives on the Gulf Coast right below Talahassee so there will be a zillion birds there for me to photograph. Living in a stick and brick will be strange.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2010, 04:45:45 PM »
Wonderful Tom. Hope you have a great trip and I'm sure you'll take lots of photographs.

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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2010, 04:50:21 PM »
You could either rent an RV and park in her driveway, or pitch a tent on her lawn.

I don't need to rent an RV, I already own one. We will be taking it on weekend trips. But I think that since my RV has a full sized rock for a mattress and she has a king sized water bed that we will be "sleeping" in the house when we are at her place.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2010, 08:57:49 PM »
Tom, don't let her read this thread.

Where in FL?

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2010, 09:16:16 PM »
Happy for you, Tom.  Much happiness to you!

And, just to keep on subject, hide that stick for a while.........
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2010, 09:50:29 PM »
Tom, don't let her read this thread.

Where in FL?
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2010, 09:51:49 PM »
Happy for you, Tom.  Much happiness to you!

And, just to keep on subject, hide that stick for a while.........

Thanks Don. I am really a nice guy. I won't use it more than two or three times a day.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2010, 06:16:59 PM »
Tom:
I just caught up on the news of the new girl friend.  Congratulation!
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« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2010, 06:45:01 PM »
Thanks George. Where have you been? I was suppose to leave for Florida today but the USPS let me down and didn't deliver my package today so I must wait for Monday. I am stuck here in the Tetons and it is raining. Can't even go out and use my camera.

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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2010, 06:52:17 PM »
I am stuck here in the Tetons and it is raining. Can't even go out and use my camera.

"Stuck" in the Tetons? Poor baby. You could always take pictures of Tarzan.
 
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2010, 07:12:23 PM »

"Stuck" in the Tetons? Poor baby. You could always take pictures of Tarzan.
 
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2010, 07:55:12 PM »
Thanks George. Where have you been?

I've been around, but somehow i missed this thread about the new girlfriend.
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Re: walking sticks
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2010, 08:05:08 PM »
I'm extremely allergic to cats (sorry Tarzan), but I do appreciate good pictures of good-looking felines. Thanks for posting Tom. Just remind me not to eat or drink from anything that's been in your sink  :o
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