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    Default Survival Hiking Staff (pics)

    I've seen a great number of DIY hiking staffs and I wanted to take a stab at making my own. I really liked many of the features of the Crawford staff, but the price was way over my head so I went off to try to incorporate some in my staff.

    Most DIYourself-ers use 1" PVC so that is where I started. Frankly, I found the 1" pipe to thick to be a comfortable hold for me, so I went down to 3/4" PVC.

    Right from the get go, I liked the idea of incorporating a blowgun in the staff and I also liked the idea I got from someone else about maybe being able to carry water in the staff. My answer to that was to make the bottom half of the staff 1/2" PVC and the top 3/4"

    Problem. I hated the PVC. I was too flexible and wobbled when I tried to use it as a walking stick. It also failed as a water container since it barely held 4oz in the top half. The walls were just too thick. My answer? Aluminum. Well I tried copper and steel plumbing pipe first but both were just too heavy. I got my hands on some 3/4" and 1" (exterior diameter) tubing which I threaded and built my hiking stick with.

    The pictures are more or less my finished product. I would love to get some feedback for you all. I primed and painted the tubing with high temp black and added a blunt spike at the bottom to provide a sure hold.

    Top compartment currently holds:
    -Waterproof Cloth bag (water collection or storage)
    -emergency flash light/strobe wand/whistle
    -knife
    -fishing kit
    -duct tape
    *top compartment holds 10 oz of water and can be used to boil if needed (tested)
    *40 ft of paracord wrapped on outside
    *50 of 10lb braided fishing line wrapped on top. Can be swung to use as hobo fishing kit well enough.

    Bottom compartment currently holds:
    -pair of 3" fire straws
    -ferro rod and striker
    -flashlight
    -2 test tubes with misc meds
    -water purification tabs (individually wrapped)
    -pen refill taped unto sheet of write-in-rain paper
    *tested as a blowgun, results are crazy good!

    I eventually will replace some of the gear in it for a frog gig, and darts as the Crawford is outfitted with, but for right now I am good.

    What do you guys think?















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    wow i want one lol that is an outstanding job by the way

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    That is really awesome! Great innovative thinking, very practical, and very stylish too! I couldn't see the contents close up in the pick, what kind of knife is in there?

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    Way to go with the DIY! I found walkin sticks expensive when i was lookin at them a few years ago, so I carved my own out of a cedar branch that fell out of a tree in my front yard during a storm. Not a survival stick but same DIY concept. looks like real quality work. there bro good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJWHN95 View Post
    That is really awesome! Great innovative thinking, very practical, and very stylish too! I couldn't see the contents close up in the pick, what kind of knife is in there?
    Thanks! The knife is a basic Buck folder I found in Bass Pro. I wanted to use a knife/saw dual folder but I was very limited in what would fit.



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    I found an old aluminum extension scrub brush for RV's, boats etc in the dumpster and couldn't pass it up. First I removed the brush and hose fittings which were replaced with crutch tips. New brushes can be had from WM or the like for $20.00 or so. Then started wrapping some cordage for grips and spares along with some duct tape. Used jute for the grip and added some 550 and bushline. Found that the orange match cases will stack in the upper section. By removing the items inside and place in a stuff sack it can be collasped.

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    where do you find aluminum tubing in those sizes?

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    So, When it is all loaded up, How much does it weigh?

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    Sounds pretty dang cool. I wish you had some better pictures you could post, its hard see much in the ones posted above.

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    Cool. What may I ask is a fire straw?

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