My hiking staff is nothing fancy... 54 inches of hickory with a rubber foot and a leather thong for a wrist loop. After dozens -- maybe hundreds -- of outings, I've gotten quite attached to it, and was reluctant to make any changes. But I got over that a couple days ago, and made a few mods. 15 feet of international orange paracord gives it a more comfortable grip. A number of times, I've set the staff down and had trouble finding it in the leaf duff. This is especially the case when mushroom foraging: I'll put it down because I need two hands for foraging, and after moving around from shroom to shroom with my head down, sometimes I'm a tad disoriented when I stand up, and have to hunt around for my stick. It shows up in the leaves a lot better now. Because the wrist loop is made by putting the free end left after whipping the handle through the lanyard hole and tying a stopper knot, I can attach another cord to it behind the stopper knot, and reach out with the staff and use the lanyard as a noose to wrangle out-of-reach objects. I drilled a recess in the top of the staff and put in a military issue mini button compass. (Sorry for the blurry pic) Finally, some shallow notches in the bark give me a rough and ready yard stick. The far right notch is 3 feet from the end of the stick. The far left one is one foot below that. The close set notches measure off six inches.