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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Postby fastback65 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:42 am

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea, but it is one that is more often than not overlooked.

When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a disability.

But far too few people realize just how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors.

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim’s staffs, hiking poles or hiking sticks, and have quite a few different uses:

to clear spider webs
part thick bushes or grass obscuring the trail
as a support when going uphill
as a brake when going downhill
as a balance point when crossing streams, swamps and other rough terrain
to knock something out of a tree that is too far out of reach
to bring something back to you that has fallen into a lake or river
to feel for obstacles in the path; to test mud and puddles for depth
and as a defense against wild animals (or people)

Walking sticks and canes were popularized in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword, but the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

They work!

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick?”
"Never, under any circumstances, ever become a refuge... Die if you must, but die on your home turf with your face to the wind, not in some stinking hellhole 2,000 kilometers away, among people you neither know nor care about." - Ragnar Benson
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