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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 03:06:02 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

[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.


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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