A walking stick, sometimes called a hiking stick, is used as an aid while hiking or walking. Walking sticks are most often wooden, and homemade or store-bought.
Walking sticks are used to help improve balance and stability while walking or hiking. This helps an individual feel more comfortable while on his feet.
A walking stick can help prevent tripping and stumbling while walking, drastically reducing the chance of injury when mobile.
The walking stick height should be 4 inches above your shoulder to provide maximum stability and gripping power. This might vary a few inches shorter or taller depending on a hiker's preference.
When selecting a walking stick, choose wood based on your walking style. Hardwoods such as oak and maple should be used for rigorous hikes; softwoods such as pine and alder should be used for walks or strolls.
Pointed walking sticks do not provide more stability and can be hazardous to use because they are sharp. Walking sticks should have solid, flat ends and a crutch tip for the foot if desired.
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