Some thoughts on use of the single walking staff: To push or not to push? Do you actually push off with the staff? Just resting your hand on the staff as you walk will take the weight of your hand/forearm off your feet. I try to push off to engage my upper body and help my legs. Cadence ONE-two-three-four, ONE-two-three-four... (staff lands on the first step). This is my natural cadence for a single staff. It allows me to push off and recover without rushing. The staff lands with the same foot every time. I alternate hands regularly to keep effort/benefit even on both sides. This requires the longest staff because one stride of the staff corresponds to four leg strides. ONE-two-three, ONE-two-three.... I just tried this out for the first time today. It feels awkward and rushed. The staff lands with alternating feet this way. I'm not sure what the benefit if this cadence is, but I believe it quickens my pace. I choke up on the staff for this 1-to-3 cadence. ONE-two, ONE-two... This is similar to the cadence with two trekking poles. The staffs lands with the same foot again; I have used this when my foot is in pain for added support. It also quickens the pace and seems good for hill climbing with smaller strides. Need to choke way up for this. Two-handed If you haven't tried this, I recommend it. It feels like padding a boat. If I want to power my way up a hill, I use two hands on the staff. My legs feel a nice boost with this technique. It can also act like a crutch if you are injured. Please share your thoughts on walking with a staff. It seems simple but there is an art to it.