When you hike through rough terrain, a walking stick can make your trip safer and easier. Use a stick to prevent the sprains and strains that could cut your trip short or leave you stranded on the trail.
Walking sticks provide balance over uneven terrain. Use a walking stick to catch a fall and prevent turned ankles.
When you can safely cross a river on foot, a walking stick provides stability to keep your footing. Side-step facing upstream with your stick planted in the water in front of you.
You can put weight onto your walking stick to help you up steep terrain and provide relief to your legs.
Walking sticks take impact off your joints during descents. This can save your knees, especially when you carry a heavy backpack.
Trekking poles look like skiing poles and offer the same benefits of a walking stick, while providing greater stability with two poles and weighing less than a traditional walking stick.
Article Written By Kathrine Cole
Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.