Testing of the water filter hiking stick

by James C. West
(Chatham County North Carolina)

Hello again, I just got back from Uwharrie National Forest located here in North Carolina where I took the water filter hiking stick I wrote about a while back. I wanted to check the strength of the staff and the effectiveness of the filter. The staff was made from seasoned white oak and had two coats of varnish, the trails I took were beautiful and off beaten.

The staff with stood every hill, washout, and rocky path without breaking or cracking. The filter I used in a few pools of water I found along the way and it to work very, very well. The space for the filter at the bottom of the staff actually was made stronger due to the filter by adding a filler structure. The rubber boot also added to the over all strength by preventing splitting and or chipping of the staff foot.

I saw a post where someone was thinking of placing a blade of some sort in the foot of the staff. I have made them where they have a sharpened pike made from rebar, and the point was hammered (more a squared shape). Left out about an inch or two, I secured it in the staff with epoxy and drilled a small hole to place a locking pin at the top.

I will be posting a new design soon and some color photos as well.

Once again, Thank you for all of your comments,

James C. West

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Water Filter in Your Hiking Stick

by James C. West
(Chatham County NC)

Water Filter Hiking Stick

Water Filter Hiking Stick

While you should always carry a canteen or other container to haul your water around, sometimes it seems like a pain (literally in some cases) to dig out your hand held water filter and bend down to the water source.

Here is an idea that allows you to just stick the end of your hiking stick in the pond or mud hole to get a fresh drink. The filter I use is one that would fit a water bottle, some rubber tube and a rubber boot for walking sticks (to protect the filter).

Drill a hole in the bottom of the stick to make a hollow for the filter, then using a long bit (if you don’t own one some hardware stores will drill it for you) drill up the shaft make it wide enough to fit the tubing you will be using then drill into the side of the staff to create a hole.

Attach the tubing to the filter and tie a length of string onto the other end of the tubing and thread it up the shaft pulling it out of the hole (this is kind of tricky but it can be done).

Now place the robber boot on to the bottom of the stick and off you go.

James C West

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