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Post by ThreeperMan on Fri 09 Dec 2011, 19:38

Thanks, interesting read, didn't think to use the hook one tho....

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Walking Stick Versatility - part 4

Post by wannabemountainman on Thu 08 Dec 2011, 07:34

Simple Survival Gear Mods - Sticks for Survival - Part Four



Increasing the versatility and usefulness of your survival gear is usually quite simple. It often takes only a slight modification to add additional function to your gear. A common piece of low-tech gear which numerous people use is a simple walking or hiking stick. One of the easiest ways to improve your hiking stick is to turn it into a survival stick.


Most everyone is familiar with the concept of a tripod. Simply put, three legs give you added stability. This is a primary reason for the use of walking and hiking sticks because it gives you this advantage of a third leg. Another advantage of a stick is that it can give you the ability to increase your reach and with a simple gear mod it can even become a third hand. This will give you a tremendous advantage in a number of situations that frequently happen during walking or hiking, especially in a wilderness environment.



The rather simple task of adding a hook to your survival stick will turn it into a third hand if needed. Now a good stick can extend your reach but without a way to grab and hold onto that item, you may just be out of luck. With a simple hook added, you will have a better chance of snagging that needed item and hanging onto it long enough to pull it within easy reach of your hands. You can even use it to hold brush, tree limbs and branches out of the way while hiking. It can also be stored in the accessory pouch on your survival stick if desired or left on as a convenient way to hang your hiking stick on a wall when not in use.

Many times people have found themselves disabled due to an injury that impaired their mobility or they’ve quite literally been caught between a rock and a hard place without a way to reach their pack or needed gear item. A stick with a hook is a simple way to avoid this problem. Even items that have been accidentally dropped into what might be an otherwise inaccessible place can sometimes be retrieved by a hook on a stick.

With a low cost (less than a dollar in this case), minimal added weight and an installation time of only a few minutes, adding a hook to your hiking stick is a great gear mod.

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Walking Stick Versatility - part 3

Post by wannabemountainman on Thu 08 Dec 2011, 07:28

Simple Survival Gear Mods - Sticks for Survival - Part Three



Turning your hiking stick into a survival stick doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Using a few of those brain cells that may have been inactive for a while is usually the only thing required. The main thing you need to do is to make your hiking stick as versatile as possible. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this goal is to add an accessory pouch. With the addition of an accessory pouch to your hiking stick, you will be well on your way to creating a “survival stick”.

The size and type of pouch isn’t a significant factor but it will need to have a belt loop and should have some sort of Velcro or snap closure mechanism to insure your accessories will remain securely in the pouch. By running several wraps of paracord (at least 4 or more) through the belt loop of the pouch as the paracord is being added to your hiking stick, it can be securely attached to your hiking stick. If you don't have any paracord, you could use 100mph tape or duct tape to attach the pouch. This provides you with numerous options to add additional items to your hiking stick.






With the addition of an accessory pouch, you can carry a multi-tool, a lighter or a firesteel, a small flashlight, water purification tablets etc. or a combination of items depending upon the size of your pouch and the size and number of additional items you wish to carry. They'll be on your hiking stick and readily accessible should the need arise. You can even attach a pocket knife (the kind with a pocket clip) to the side of the pouch or you can add a second accessory pouch if you feel the need and want to add other items that may be a priority for you.

Having a good hiking stick is great. If you turn it into a survival stick, it will be even better!

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Walking Stick Versatility - part 2

Post by wannabemountainman on Thu 08 Dec 2011, 07:24

Simple Survival Gear Mods - Sticks for Survival - Part Two



There are numerous gear mods that are simple and easy to do that will enhance the usefulness of your gear. Here are three simple things that make great add-ons to your hiking stick to increase its use as a survival tool.

The first simple gear mod involves simply making a couple of marks on the lower portion of your hiking stick. A couple of marks at 12 inch intervals turns your hiking stick into a simple but effective depth gauge. It can then be used to determine the depth of water at creek or stream crossings. If you live in an area with a lot of snow, it can help you determine the depth of snow in your path. You can either score your hiking stick and darken the sored areas (see pic above) or just add a piece of tape as an indicator.


The second simple gear mod for your hiking stick is to just simply add a whistle to the lanyard on your hiking stick. A whistle is very effective at creating or drawing attention to your location if something goes wrong and adds very little additional weight. It will also save you from having to do a lot of yelling and hollering! Or moaning...

The third lightweight gear mod for your hiking stick is the addition of paracord. Wrapping your stick with paracord is simple and makes a great way to carry a large amount of cordage. The average walking or hiking stick will easily accommodate anywhere from 50 to 100 feet of paracord in an easy to access manner.

While a simple hiking or walking stick is a great gear item, it can made even more useful with a few simple and inexpensive gear mods. Turn your hiking stick into a survival stick!

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Walking Stick Versatility

Post by wannabemountainman on Thu 08 Dec 2011, 07:17

Simple Survival Gear Mods - Sticks for Survival



Nature has many things in abundance that can aid in your survival. One of the most common items you will find in nature is a stick. It is relatively easy to make simple survival gear with just a couple of pieces of lightweight gear that will transform a simple stick into a very useful tool for your survival.




Using a simple frog gig attachment and a length of cordage you can make simple gear for your survival by merely adding a stick. If you happen to use a walking or hiking stick on a regular basis, you won’t even have to hunt for a stick!

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