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For any hikers out there

Monday, February 04, 2013

As most of you know mom hiked South Africa in Nov and Dec. Before she left she asked me about my staffs. She said she wanted to take one, but felt it would be hard to travel with a 55 inch stick. She said she had looked into the collapsable ones, but they looked so flimsy. I told her I had tried a collapsable staff, but I needed to lean on it and never felt safe. I had gotten a wooden staff that came apart in 3 pieces and sent her a link to one.

I asked Mom what staff she took with her an she said she got a wooden one and loved it. She said most of the hikers she met at the hostels had the collapsable staffs and complained that they stuck open or closed after about a week out and if the stuck closed were useless the rest of the trip. She said the only problem she had was one day she got caught in the long hard rain and had a problem taking the staff apart that evening but one of the guys got it apart and by morning it was dry and she didn't have any problems the rest of the trip.

Then she said her favorite staff was still her beaver stick. They made the best staffs. There is a beaver pond near her house and one day while walking beside the beaver dam she saw a stick that looked good.
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    I use collapsible poles as well, and collapse them after each hike. I've not had any trouble with them (after a learning curve of learning how to operate them quickly.) I think you might want to give them another try. When we fly weight is always an issue and these add very little weight yet adjust easily.
    1871 days ago
    I hike with collapsable poles, but I keep them open most of the time.
    I use them on every hike.
    1871 days ago
    I have a collapsible one as well but always forget to bring it. I did, however, use it when I hiked the Grand Canyon. It was a lifesaver!
    1931 days ago
    Cool. I have a collapsible one, but haven't really tried it. I usually just find one on the trail and leave it there at the end.
    1934 days ago
  • CATHY629
    Your mom must be so fit,she sounds very adventurous.
    It must have been an amazing experience for her.
    1935 days ago
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