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    Quote Originally Posted by Faiaoga View Post
    BradGad: Very nice post and good ideas, especially the bright-colored loop and the measuring marks. I have often used a staff but have been too lazy to make the modifications. Do you or other people ever put a large nail or spike into the bottom of a staff? I think it might be useful for traction or for (last resort) as a defensive weapon.
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    some do. though a sharpened and notched piece of steel or aluminum pipe is preferred it seems. as a weapon, I dont think it would work too well.

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    Nice work....gives me a few ideas for mine
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    Nice staff and nice mods. Right now I use hiking poles more than a stick/staff, but I wrapped mine with a few feet of safety orange duct tape. It's really handy for spotting them and I've had to use the duct tape a few times too. I wish I had hickory easily available here in WA, but I've only seen the pre cut and prelacuered ones at sports stores.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerBaiter View Post
    Nice staff and nice mods. Right now I use hiking poles more than a stick/staff, but I wrapped mine with a few feet of safety orange duct tape. It's really handy for spotting them and I've had to use the duct tape a few times too. I wish I had hickory easily available here in WA, but I've only seen the pre cut and prelacuered ones at sports stores.


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    Try vine maple, good sticks and easy to find in western WA

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    I did a four leather strand braid rather than the paracord on mine. The hand loop gets pushed down to the rubber tip so I can use the leather braid as a sling when I'm working up a steep rock mound sweat and don't want to tie up a hand with my staff. Aerostitch has a small stick on clock with an elapsed time ring that has been very handy for me. They also have clip on gauges for a thermometer, clock or compass to clip on the stick (and holds my grip wrap in place). I thought about spikes and other tips, but I figure if getting rapped in the head with that damn shillelagh doesn't take the Irish out of somebody of something, then a straight jab in the belly with the tip might aught to let some gas out of 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faiaoga View Post
    BradGad: Very nice post and good ideas, especially the bright-colored loop and the measuring marks. I have often used a staff but have been too lazy to make the modifications. Do you or other people ever put a large nail or spike into the bottom of a staff? I think it might be useful for traction or for (last resort) as a defensive weapon.
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    Hi Faiaoga... Thanks! I've actually considered that but never tried it. For one thing, I worry that it would skid on rocks.

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    Thanks for the thread. Helped me remember that I made a staff out of a closet rod years ago. I think it is in the garage somewhere. I tied paracord around it to make a handle as well.

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    This reminds me a lot of the old plans for a Boy Scout walking staff, I'll put it up for your perusal

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradGad View Post
    Hi Faiaoga... Thanks! I've actually considered that but never tried it. For one thing, I worry that it would skid on rocks.
    Then you just have to make it a retractable, spring loaded one! Or a screw on one.

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    A hiking staff is a very good deterant for two legged varmints, snakes etc.

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