When going on a hike, a hiking stick could be your most favourable partner! So why not learn how to make one!
Hiking sticks are one of the many tools used by hikers. The primary purpose of a hiking stick is to provide balance when walking downhill on uneven terrain and rocky surfaces.
They also come in handy while crossing rivers with slippery rocks, helping you maintain your balance.
When there is snow on the ground, a hiking stick can act as an extra set of legs to help you keep your balance in steep sections and to prevent falls when climbing up hills with bare feet or shoes with no grip.
If you don’t have a hiking stick, your only option is to improvise. This can be done by using long and sturdy branches found on the ground or by cutting one from a tree branch with your pocket knife if you have it with you.
The only downside of not having a proper hiking stick while out on the trail is that you will tire more quickly. It will take you longer to go uphill than it would if you were using a hiking stick. Because there is less stability when walking downhill, there’s an increased risk of ankle sprains
There are different ways of making your hiking stick from materials found on the trail.
Pounding the two halves flat so that they can create a flat-sided walking stick that is more suitable for going uphill.
Pounding one of the halves into a curve so that it creates a hook at the end of your stick to provide better grip and stability when crossing slippery surfaces (e.g. rivers).
Here are some tips to make the most of your hiking stick:
If you’re on a short hike in the woods, relying on a homemade hiking stick is possible. However, if you plan on going out for an extended period for longer hikes/climbs etc.,
I would not recommend this as your main form of walking support. The reason for this is that natural materials are not as strong as manufactured ones, and chances are your stick might break when you need it the most.
Do not worry if you are interested in making it at home; I will help you follow these steps.
Measure and mark where you want the top of your hiking stick to be. Then, cut a notch out of that spot with your knife.
Cut a 10-inch slit on each side of the stick beginning from the notch you just made.
Tie a piece of cordage to the notch you created and tie the other end around your wrist. This prevents the stick from falling out of place as you cut it.
Cut around the stick in alternating directions (diagonal/vertical) until you are left with one solid piece of wood that looks like a candy cane.he notch you created and tie the other end around your wrist. This prevents the stick from falling out of place as you cut it.
Optional: If you would like to carry your hiking stick on your backpack, drill a hole at the top of the stick about an inch from the edge of the rounded part (where it was cut). Then, apply some wood glue or pitch to keep the cordage in place. Drill a smaller hole in the other end.
Optional: If you would like to strap your hiking stick to your backpack, cut two notches in the top of the flat end and then tie cordage through each notch and attach them to the backpack straps so that it hangs off one shoulder.
Cut a slit in the middle of one side of the hiking stick the entire length. If you want to attach this stick to your backpack, drill a hole through the middle of the flat end and use one of the cordage pieces that was used for adding weight to make a loop so you can easily hook it onto your backpack.
The hiking stick is now finished!
So this was a full guide on how to make a hiking stick. I hope you all learn from this article and make your own one if you are interested in making it at home.