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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   ( divider line
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2014-08-17 03:12:35 PM  
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And why not just get this? It's $200 bucks cheaper and makes you look like a viking
Not sure what the park rangers would thing about it though...
2014-08-17 02:16:22 PM  
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lifeboat: jaytkay: [ 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 11:10:46 AM  
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Nadie_AZ: doglover: So they've invented a piece of wood?


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 11:04:40 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:40:03 AM  
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jaytkay: [ 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 10:24:33 AM  
1 vote:
"Oh look, honey. A $300 walking stick. Let's buy it."
2014-08-17 10:16:29 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:07:08 AM  
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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.
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