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(TreeHugger)   The humble hiking pole has been updated for the 21st century by adding a removable head that can be replaced with an axe, saw, spear, fishing spear, and even a sling-shot   (treehugger.com) divider line 73
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2014-08-17 03:21:12 AM  
I had to re-read that a couple times because I kept thinking it was a pole with a human head on it and wondering why that was an improvement in the 21st century.
 
2014-08-17 05:18:01 AM  
I want both of those walking sticks... expecting it to end will with these products.
 
2014-08-17 08:41:31 AM  
I want a. +2 Glaive of Lightning.

Let's see how that Dire Hillbilly likes 950,000 volts and being gutted at the same time.
 
2014-08-17 08:49:08 AM  
but will it fit in your pocket?
joshlinkner.com
 
2014-08-17 09:07:08 AM  
Those implements seem like terrible additions to a collapsible walking stick.  The very nature of a collapsible stick means that it isn't very stable to begin with, and trying to chop wood with it will likely end with a broken stick within minutes.

CSB: i own several walking sticks, and may be the only one in this thread to have defended himself with one.  I was once attacked by a Cooper's Hawk for getting too close to her nest and chicks.  It ended well for both of us, but getting two feet from her talons was too close for comfort.
 
2014-08-17 09:16:14 AM  
The second blade from the left reminds me of this guy:
 
2014-08-17 09:19:41 AM  
Wtf, images. I was trying to post Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2.

/I fail at posting
 
2014-08-17 09:33:33 AM  
So hikers have discovered "broomstick" technology?
 
2014-08-17 09:45:03 AM  
comma.english.ucsb.edu

You fight the wee people on their own terms.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-17 09:53:48 AM  
The headline reminds me it's been a few weeks since I headed up to the White Mountains to hear the constant click-click-click-click of metal poles on rock. Poles are like religious tokens to some people. The upside is, when the trail becomes obscure going over rock I can look for the little white scratch marks to follow it.
 
2014-08-17 09:56:00 AM  

hogans: Those implements seem like terrible additions to a collapsible walking stick.  The very nature of a collapsible stick means that it isn't very stable to begin with, and trying to chop wood with it will likely end with a broken stick within minutes.

CSB: i own several walking sticks, and may be the only one in this thread to have defended himself with one.  I was once attacked by a Cooper's Hawk for getting too close to her nest and chicks.  It ended well for both of us, but getting two feet from her talons was too close for comfort.


I didnt see the word collapsible in the article. Solid hickory...
 
KIA
2014-08-17 10:10:24 AM  
So... yeah.  The "SCARY" tag for a walking stick with a sharp end?  Isn't that taking hoplophobia a bit far?
 
2014-08-17 10:16:29 AM  
The only people I've seen using walking sticks are those people who constantly need to tell you how wonderful and vibrant they are and how they're living life to the fullest and that they don't even own a TV.
 
2014-08-17 10:20:44 AM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: [comma.english.ucsb.edu image 428x588]

You fight the wee people on their own terms.


Great, the wee people will have Peter Dinklage as their leader.
 
2014-08-17 10:24:33 AM  
www.richardsonsaw.com
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."
 
2014-08-17 10:31:56 AM  

jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."


I want that Honda thing
 
2014-08-17 10:34:47 AM  
So they've invented a piece of wood?

Zounds!
 
2014-08-17 10:40:03 AM  

jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."


At that point, why even go camping.  Just open up a window, or change your desktop background to a forest or something.
 
2014-08-17 10:44:24 AM  

jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."


They have the wrong cooler.

s3.amazonaws.com
 
2014-08-17 10:48:13 AM  
i read the headline as stripper pole. disappointed.
 
2014-08-17 10:52:40 AM  

GardenWeasel: jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."

They have the wrong cooler.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 700x700]


That thing is damn near 9 million on kickstarter
 
2014-08-17 11:00:48 AM  

doglover: So they've invented a piece of wood?

Zounds!


Heh. I've one that is from a hoe without the head. Sanded it, smoothed the bottom and stuck a lanyard on it. Works great.

I don't understand wanting a collapsible pole. They collapse. With very little pressure. If I am slipping or falling, that would be no good.

Old wooden walking sticks are awesome. Great character.
 
2014-08-17 11:04:40 AM  
Yes, just what hikers will buy: heavy stuff. I'm sure they'll toss those 150 gram carbon fiber collapsible trekking poles for some stick.
 
2014-08-17 11:06:54 AM  

Nadie_AZ: doglover: So they've invented a piece of wood?

Zounds!

Heh. I've one that is from a hoe without the head. Sanded it, smoothed the bottom and stuck a lanyard on it. Works great.

I don't understand wanting a collapsible pole. They collapse. With very little pressure. If I am slipping or falling, that would be no good.

Old wooden walking sticks are awesome. Great character.


Cheap ones do maybe? The collapsible ones are good for uneven terrain, where maybe the ground to your left is higher than the ground to your right. They're easier to lash to your pack when you don't need to use them.
 
2014-08-17 11:10:46 AM  

Nadie_AZ: doglover: So they've invented a piece of wood?

Zounds!

Heh. I've one that is from a hoe without the head. Sanded it, smoothed the bottom and stuck a lanyard on it. Works great.

I don't understand wanting a collapsible pole. They collapse. With very little pressure. If I am slipping or falling, that would be no good.

Old wooden walking sticks are awesome. Great character.


Telescopic poles can be stronger than solid wood. Yes, a titanium telescope is weaker than solid titanium, but that's more than a broom handle can take. Plus the carry weight is so much lower and they always fit in you pack, unlike a staff.

But what the article is selling is a solid hickory stick with a threaded tip and some gardening tool heads. You can put ANYTHING on it. It's in no way an advancement on the stone age stick. If anything, it's actually LESS vesitile because the price means you'll be less willing to burn it when fire is needed more than a tool handle.
 
2014-08-17 11:12:38 AM  

KIA: So... yeah.  The "SCARY" tag for a walking stick with a sharp end?  Isn't that taking hoplophobia a bit far?


Why are you afraid of beer?
 
2014-08-17 11:24:18 AM  

dr_blasto: The collapsible ones are good for uneven terrain, where maybe the ground to your left is higher than the ground to your right.


If only technology could be developed to allow a person to grasp a stick higher or lower on the shaft, rather than in exactly one place.

Crazy talk, I know.
 
2014-08-17 11:31:35 AM  

jaytkay: dr_blasto: The collapsible ones are good for uneven terrain, where maybe the ground to your left is higher than the ground to your right.

If only technology could be developed to allow a person to grasp a stick higher or lower on the shaft, rather than in exactly one place.

Crazy talk, I know.


Well, then they wouldn't use the retention straps and the handgrip and you still can't put it in your pack.

Sure that stick may not feel heavy at first, but after 25 miles a day for a week, that stick is displacing too much food or water.
 
2014-08-17 11:33:32 AM  

doglover: Nadie_AZ: doglover: So they've invented a piece of wood?

Zounds!

Heh. I've one that is from a hoe without the head. Sanded it, smoothed the bottom and stuck a lanyard on it. Works great.

I don't understand wanting a collapsible pole. They collapse. With very little pressure. If I am slipping or falling, that would be no good.

Old wooden walking sticks are awesome. Great character.

Telescopic poles can be stronger than solid wood. Yes, a titanium telescope is weaker than solid titanium, but that's more than a broom handle can take. Plus the carry weight is so much lower and they always fit in you pack, unlike a staff.

But what the article is selling is a solid hickory stick with a threaded tip and some gardening tool heads. You can put ANYTHING on it. It's in no way an advancement on the stone age stick. If anything, it's actually LESS vesitile because the price means you'll be less willing to burn it when fire is needed more than a tool handle.


It's a garden weasel.
www.faultless.com
 
2014-08-17 11:39:27 AM  
Can you put a rag on the end, for washing?
 
2014-08-17 11:40:58 AM  
Meanwhile, at the TSA:

"Hey Boss, did you see this new walking stick thingy they're making for terrorists?"

"Yeah I did. Put out a memo to do full cavity searches on all those old people carrying 'canes' through our Homeland's airports."
 
2014-08-17 11:55:12 AM  

dr_blasto: Yes, just what hikers will buy: heavy stuff. I'm sure they'll toss those 150 gram carbon fiber collapsible trekking poles for some stick.


This x 10

Go to a proper store that sells this stuff and all of the hiking sticks are aluminum or carbon. Weight is everything. Get the lightest ones they make, they're awesome.
 
2014-08-17 12:25:35 PM  

jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."


I see my reason for being here has been covered.

dr_blasto: Yes, just what hikers will buy: heavy stuff. I'm sure they'll toss those 150 gram carbon fiber collapsible trekking poles for some stick.


A STICK? Just where are they going to find a stick?
 
2014-08-17 12:30:25 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-17 12:53:44 PM  
They'll make bigger sticks with bigger attachments until one day they destroy the WHOLE WORLD
 
2014-08-17 01:29:32 PM  
In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

ep.yimg.com
 
2014-08-17 01:34:06 PM  

Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]


It might help you keep some of the young whippersnappers at bay, what with their rappin' and rollin' and baggy shoes.
 
2014-08-17 01:38:05 PM  
you limp-wristed ninnies sadden Roosevelt
 
2014-08-17 01:40:05 PM  
Other possibilities:

parleferetparleverbe.free.fr
 
2014-08-17 01:42:50 PM  

dr_blasto: doglover: Nadie_AZ: doglover: So they've invented a piece of wood?

Zounds!

Heh. I've one that is from a hoe without the head. Sanded it, smoothed the bottom and stuck a lanyard on it. Works great.

I don't understand wanting a collapsible pole. They collapse. With very little pressure. If I am slipping or falling, that would be no good.

Old wooden walking sticks are awesome. Great character.

Telescopic poles can be stronger than solid wood. Yes, a titanium telescope is weaker than solid titanium, but that's more than a broom handle can take. Plus the carry weight is so much lower and they always fit in you pack, unlike a staff.

But what the article is selling is a solid hickory stick with a threaded tip and some gardening tool heads. You can put ANYTHING on it. It's in no way an advancement on the stone age stick. If anything, it's actually LESS vesitile because the price means you'll be less willing to burn it when fire is needed more than a tool handle.

It's a garden weasel.
[www.faultless.com image 387x285]


Word
 
2014-08-17 01:51:34 PM  
So... a hoopak?
 
2014-08-17 02:00:24 PM  

baconbeard: The only people I've seen using walking sticks are those people who constantly need to tell you how wonderful and vibrant they are and how they're living life to the fullest and that they don't even own a TV.


Careful now, you're going to rustle some utilikilts.
 
2014-08-17 02:04:22 PM  

GardenWeasel: jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."

They have the wrong cooler.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 700x700]


That's what the outdoors is missing. Loud music and appliances.
 
2014-08-17 02:16:22 PM  

lifeboat: jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."

At that point, why even go camping.  Just open up a window, or change your desktop background to a forest or something.


Tent sex.  Tent sex is awesome.  Heading out to the mountains, setting up camp, chopping some wood, drinking around the fire while staring at the glorious star-filled sky, then capping the day with tent sex is what summer is all about.

Now if you want to complain about "why go camping", it's everyone around here with their giant RVs.  Satellite TV/internet, home theatres with flat screen TVs, queen-sized comfy beds ... a mobile home on wheels that people drive out to the wilderness for a few days to "rough it".  At that point, I would rather just rent a hotel room near the national park and take day trips to enjoy nature.
 
2014-08-17 02:41:26 PM  
I prefer a walking stick with a flask, thank you very much.
 
2014-08-17 02:45:24 PM  

Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]


How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.
 
2014-08-17 02:51:36 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.


It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.
 
2014-08-17 02:54:28 PM  

Brokenseas: lifeboat: jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."

At that point, why even go camping.  Just open up a window, or change your desktop background to a forest or something.

Tent sex.  Tent sex is awesome.  Heading out to the mountains, setting up camp, chopping some wood, drinking around the fire while staring at the glorious star-filled sky, then capping the day with tent sex is what summer is all about.

Now if you want to complain about "why go camping", it's everyone around here with their giant RVs.  Satellite TV/internet, home theatres with flat screen TVs, queen-sized comfy beds ... a mobile home on wheels that people drive out to the wilderness for a few days to "rough it".  At that point, I would rather just rent a hotel room near the national park and take day trips to enjoy nature.


Ehh, my parents have an RV because they're 60 and despise flying, so they bought a little C-class camper and pack the kitty cat and a grill and the White Sox flags and drive it all over the US.  It's really cute.

/also, there is no drink in their RV's fridge that has not been spiked with vodka or some such.
 
2014-08-17 02:56:27 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.


This. Better off carrying bear spray if you really feel personal safety is an issue.
 
2014-08-17 03:03:39 PM  

dr_blasto: Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.

It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.


Thin he meant to post this:
www.swordsswords.com
 
2014-08-17 03:06:02 PM  

dr_blasto: doglover: Nadie_AZ: doglover: So they've invented a piece of wood?

Zounds!

Heh. I've one that is from a hoe without the head. Sanded it, smoothed the bottom and stuck a lanyard on it. Works great.

I don't understand wanting a collapsible pole. They collapse. With very little pressure. If I am slipping or falling, that would be no good.

Old wooden walking sticks are awesome. Great character.

Telescopic poles can be stronger than solid wood. Yes, a titanium telescope is weaker than solid titanium, but that's more than a broom handle can take. Plus the carry weight is so much lower and they always fit in you pack, unlike a staff.

But what the article is selling is a solid hickory stick with a threaded tip and some gardening tool heads. You can put ANYTHING on it. It's in no way an advancement on the stone age stick. If anything, it's actually LESS vesitile because the price means you'll be less willing to burn it when fire is needed more than a tool handle.

It's a garden weasel.
[www.faultless.com image 387x285]


Let's see. I'm about a 150 yards out. I think I'll take a Number 5 Weasel.

/
Artie: Fine, you just go home. I'll come over there later; stick a red hot poker up your ass. We'll call it even.
Larry: Okay. You have my address, right?
Artie: And your poker size.
 
2014-08-17 03:12:35 PM  
And why not just get this? It's $200 bucks cheaper and makes you look like a viking
davesknifeworld.com
Not sure what the park rangers would thing about it though...
 
2014-08-17 03:40:52 PM  

Mr. Pokeylope: dr_blasto: Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.

It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.

Thin he meant to post this:
[www.swordsswords.com image 400x400]


Yeah, that's actually the one I wanted to post.  I like the idea of the stun gun cane, but there's zero chance of keeping it charged on the trail.
 
2014-08-17 03:51:18 PM  

Close2TheEdge: Mr. Pokeylope: dr_blasto: Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.

It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.

Thin he meant to post this:
[www.swordsswords.com image 400x400]

Yeah, that's actually the one I wanted to post.  I like the idea of the stun gun cane, but there's zero chance of keeping it charged on the trail.


When you hike the AT, do you mean HIKE THE GODDAMN AT or do you just mean a couple section hikes?
 
2014-08-17 04:01:40 PM  

dr_blasto: Close2TheEdge: Mr. Pokeylope: dr_blasto: Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.

It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.

Thin he meant to post this:
[www.swordsswords.com image 400x400]

Yeah, that's actually the one I wanted to post.  I like the idea of the stun gun cane, but there's zero chance of keeping it charged on the trail.

When you hike the AT, do you mean HIKE THE GODDAMN AT or do you just mean a couple section hikes?


He means his wife really wishes she could get in on the action, but they can't afford two plane fares to Argentina.
 
2014-08-17 04:04:42 PM  

gravy chugging cretin.: dr_blasto: Close2TheEdge: Mr. Pokeylope: dr_blasto: Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.

It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.

Thin he meant to post this:
[www.swordsswords.com image 400x400]

Yeah, that's actually the one I wanted to post.  I like the idea of the stun gun cane, but there's zero chance of keeping it charged on the trail.

When you hike the AT, do you mean HIKE THE GODDAMN AT or do you just mean a couple section hikes?

He means his wife really wishes she could get in on the action, but they can't afford two plane fares to Argentina.


Oh, yeah, I forgot that option. The sword cane might be helpful in some parts of Argentina, but I'm not sure it will be easy to get on the plane.
 
2014-08-17 04:53:16 PM  
warosu.org
 
2014-08-17 06:28:08 PM  
On the plus side, if the guy walking his dog on your 'pristine wilderness' forgets to bag it, you can strike down upon him with the might of your spear (ok, fishing spear) before leaving the municipal jogging path for the exhuberant luxury of your land rover and crusty sharper image catalogs...
 
2014-08-17 07:44:59 PM  
imgcdn.geocaching.com
 
2014-08-17 08:01:45 PM  

lifeboat: jaytkay: [www.richardsonsaw.com image 850x564]
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."

At that point, why even go camping.  Just open up a window, or change your desktop background to a forest or something.


This . Although I know a guy who lived like this for 6 months outside Gunnison so he could afford a snowboard trip to Alaska. Really nice setup, I would've mocked him over it if he wasn't doing it to prepare for three week's of no fall runs in the Alaskan wilderness.
 
2014-08-18 12:02:11 AM  

Iczer: [warosu.org image 486x384]


I wonder what the shipping charges are from Sniper Island?
 
2014-08-18 12:06:13 AM  
I need a trekking pole that can double as a monopod for my camera.
 
2014-08-18 12:29:23 AM  
I'm a  fairly experienced hiker, which is to say I've hiked often enough and long enough to stop thinking of myself as Grizzly Farking Adams every time I go out into the woods. I've spent a lot of money on backpacking equipment over the years, some of it on shiat I actually needed. My hiking gear is encrusted with a respectable level of mud and exudes an authentic mildewy funk even when bone-dry.

So please accept those as my credentials when I ask, in all humble seriousness,  what the fark is a hiking pole for in the first place?

Is it a balance thing? Are there people with minor injuries who benefit from taking a few pounds of force off their ankles? Does it realign your chi?

I honestly don't get it. And maybe I've just been doing it wrong all this time, and I just need someone to show me the Way of the Stick. But help a brother out, because otherwise I'm just going to grab the next one I see on the trail and scream "WHY? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYY?!"
 
2014-08-18 01:55:36 AM  

semiotix: I'm a  fairly experienced hiker, which is to say I've hiked often enough and long enough to stop thinking of myself as Grizzly Farking Adams every time I go out into the woods. I've spent a lot of money on backpacking equipment over the years, some of it on shiat I actually needed. My hiking gear is encrusted with a respectable level of mud and exudes an authentic mildewy funk even when bone-dry.

So please accept those as my credentials when I ask, in all humble seriousness,  what the fark is a hiking pole for in the first place?

Is it a balance thing? Are there people with minor injuries who benefit from taking a few pounds of force off their ankles? Does it realign your chi?

I honestly don't get it. And maybe I've just been doing it wrong all this time, and I just need someone to show me the Way of the Stick. But help a brother out, because otherwise I'm just going to grab the next one I see on the trail and scream "WHY? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYY?!"


For me it is a balance thing. Makes my footing more sure when I'm going up or down a hill or a area with unsure footing. It is especially useful for me hiking around some of the Mount Rainier trails at Paradise where even this time of year you have to traverse areas of slippery snowpack, and I've fallen on my ass when I tried it without a pole for stability. The wet, slippery, melting snow just doesn't provide sure footing.
 
2014-08-18 07:15:15 AM  

semiotix: I'm a  fairly experienced hiker, which is to say I've hiked often enough and long enough to stop thinking of myself as Grizzly Farking Adams every time I go out into the woods. I've spent a lot of money on backpacking equipment over the years, some of it on shiat I actually needed. My hiking gear is encrusted with a respectable level of mud and exudes an authentic mildewy funk even when bone-dry.

So please accept those as my credentials when I ask, in all humble seriousness,  what the fark is a hiking pole for in the first place?

Is it a balance thing? Are there people with minor injuries who benefit from taking a few pounds of force off their ankles? Does it realign your chi?

I honestly don't get it. And maybe I've just been doing it wrong all this time, and I just need someone to show me the Way of the Stick. But help a brother out, because otherwise I'm just going to grab the next one I see on the trail and scream "WHY? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYY?!"


It's for spiders.
 
2014-08-18 08:02:28 AM  

gravy chugging cretin.: dr_blasto: Close2TheEdge: Mr. Pokeylope: dr_blasto: Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

[ep.yimg.com image 386x300]

How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.

It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.

Thin he meant to post this:
[www.swordsswords.com image 400x400]

Yeah, that's actually the one I wanted to post.  I like the idea of the stun gun cane, but there's zero chance of keeping it charged on the trail.

When you hike the AT, do you mean HIKE THE GODDAMN AT or do you just mean a couple section hikes?

He means his wife really wishes she could get in on the action, but they can't afford two plane fares to Argentina.


LOL.  Nice.  Walked right into that one.

No seriously, I am planning on hiking the full length of the AT.  It's going to be my mid-life crisis thing, since I'm not cash-flush enough to buy a sports car.  Started training and doing some 20-30 mile hikes on sections in MA and ME this year.
 
2014-08-18 08:17:30 AM  

semiotix: Is it a balance thing? Are there people with minor injuries who benefit from taking a few pounds of force off their ankles? Does it realign your chi?
I honestly don't get it. And maybe I've just been doing it wrong all this time, and I just need someone to show me the Way of the Stick. But help a brother out, because otherwise I'm just going to grab the next one I see on the trail and scream "WHY? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYY?!"


You know how a dog has four legs, and it's always better and faster than you at climbing up hills, over rocks, jumping over little things, going through wet and slippery places, maneuvering around obstacles? A hiking stick gives you three legs--extra balance, extra footing, extra ability to not bust your ass walking around boulder fields.
It's not rocket science. I"m tempted to ask if you've only hiked on "trails" as wide and smooth as a country road if you didn't already figure this out.
 
2014-08-18 09:25:26 AM  
Thanks for the explanations, Farkers. As for the inevitable This Guy --

cryinoutloud: It's not rocket science. I"m tempted to ask if you've only hiked on "trails" as wide and smooth as a country road if you didn't already figure this out.


-- I've done a fair amount of my hiking in places where the last thing I wanted was to be experimenting with learning  new ways of keeping my balance, lest I fall off a cliff. You know how a dog has four legs? I have two, so I walk like it.

Not to say poles can't be useful, beneficial, protective, etc. That's why I asked. But all other things being equal, I promise you, hiking can be done on fewer than three legs.

As for whether or not we should turn up our noses at, and put scare quotes around, ahem, "trails" that are wide and smooth, when they come our way... it's walking, dude. If you want nonstop danger and physical punishment, take up free-climbing or parkour or something.
 
2014-08-18 10:24:26 AM  

Close2TheEdge: gravy chugging cretin.: dr_blasto: Close2TheEdge: Mr. Pokeylope: dr_blasto: Mad_Radhu: Close2TheEdge: In a few years I plan to hike the AT solo, very much against my wife's wishes.  I'm thinking this might be a necessity.

http://www.defensedevices.com/rattan-sword-cane.html

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How do you plan on keeping it charged out in the woods? A stun gun requires a bit more juice than most solar chargers can produce.

It's also a cane. I'm not sure that the cane is going to make hiking the AT all that much better, with or without the zapper.

Thin he meant to post this:
[www.swordsswords.com image 400x400]

Yeah, that's actually the one I wanted to post.  I like the idea of the stun gun cane, but there's zero chance of keeping it charged on the trail.

When you hike the AT, do you mean HIKE THE GODDAMN AT or do you just mean a couple section hikes?

He means his wife really wishes she could get in on the action, but they can't afford two plane fares to Argentina.

LOL.  Nice.  Walked right into that one.

No seriously, I am planning on hiking the full length of the AT.  It's going to be my mid-life crisis thing, since I'm not cash-flush enough to buy a sports car.  Started training and doing some 20-30 mile hikes on sections in MA and ME this year.


Don't get a cane. Get proper trekking poles. Your knees will thank you. Also, get your liver trained up. The AT is a party trail.
 
2014-08-18 11:24:55 AM  

semiotix: So please accept those as my credentials when I ask, in all humble seriousness, what the fark is a hiking pole for in the first place?Is it a balance thing? Are there people with minor injuries who benefit from taking a few pounds of force off their ankles? Does it realign your chi?


For me, it's all about the knees.  I had knee pain as my constant trail-buddy for years.  someone finally convinced me to give a pair of shock-absorbing telescopic sticks a try.  NO KNEE PAIN.  I figured out that every time the spring compressed it was absorbing shock that would have otherwise been absorbed by my elderly knees.

I don't take them all the time, but if I know the trail will be extra-rough or non-existent, I'll use them and not care that I look like some trendy bonehole.
 
2014-08-18 12:17:47 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Other possibilities:

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WHAARS BOHEMIAN EAR SPOON?!
 
2014-08-18 02:19:33 PM  

Krieghund: I need a trekking pole that can double as a monopod for my camera.


Lots of those available. Fairly nice if you need it. I prefer a v-yoke to use it as a shooting monopod though.

semiotix: So please accept those as my credentials when I ask, in all humble seriousness,  what the fark is a hiking pole for in the first place?


For me it is balance - I normally only use it when I know I will be in a rough/slippery area. We go camping at a place with a nice creek next to it and walk up the creek; having something for stability is very nice in that situation. I also have a bad back so having another point of stability helps me to not hurt it more by keeping me from having to regain my balance.
 
2014-08-18 04:00:34 PM  

Zul the Magnificent: semiotix: So please accept those as my credentials when I ask, in all humble seriousness, what the fark is a hiking pole for in the first place?Is it a balance thing? Are there people with minor injuries who benefit from taking a few pounds of force off their ankles? Does it realign your chi?

For me, it's all about the knees.  I had knee pain as my constant trail-buddy for years.  someone finally convinced me to give a pair of shock-absorbing telescopic sticks a try.  NO KNEE PAIN.  I figured out that every time the spring compressed it was absorbing shock that would have otherwise been absorbed by my elderly knees.

I don't take them all the time, but if I know the trail will be extra-rough or non-existent, I'll use them and not care that I look like some trendy bonehole.


Same for me. I usually only break out a trekking pole on a steep descent. Absolute knee saver.
 
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