Nice work....gives me a few ideas for mine
Illinois Slumdog #10
Bushclass Basic 12/13 Required 5/5 Electives 0/5 Outings
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.
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.
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.
A hiking staff is a very good deterant for two legged varmints, snakes etc.