Roosevelt's saying was to walk softly and carry a big stick. You want
your stick to be sturdy and comfortable.
a stick becomes a challenge when you see the hundreds of sticks available
on the internet. Will this stick be a gift for a friend and loved
one, or for you?
you find something to order, please be aware of some very important
details. The height is determined by measuring from the ground to
the crease in your elbow and adding 6 inches to that measurement.
It does not have to be completely straight. There are differing opinions,
but the rustic look is cool. You want the stick to have character.
Next tip, buy one that is wooden, unless of course you are looking
for trekking pole or poles.
with dates, names, places that you have walked or hiked and make that
stick a treasure. You need something that can be inscribed with a
wood burning pen.
grip should be placed about where you would grasp a ski pole. The
grip is very important and there should be plenty of grip for your
hand to grasp. A leather strap should be centered above the grip to
place the hand through, so if you lose your balance the stick remains
with you, especially in mountain terrain.
sticks come with a rubber tip at the bottom or may have a pointed
tip for climbing purposes or for ice.
and hiking sticks that have things carved into the wood or have something
attached to the top really make the stick unique and attractive, especially
if you have requested something special from the carver who made the
stick for you.
to grasp is very beneficial when hiking or walking. Sticks function
as extra legs on slopes and inclines. They reduce stress,fractures
and sprains. Posture and balance is really improved and the stress
on the knees and lower back experience less strain. Also if you are
confronted by a critter, you have some protection.
Bryant is a retired science teacher and high school principal who
began carving sticks for his teachers and friends while living in
the mountains of Colorado. When he retired he started his stick business
working out of his garage. Sticks are personalized for his customers
with inscriptions and whatever else they desire to have included with