The Handy dandy survival hiking stick #2

by James C. West
(Chatham County North Carolina)



Well back in November last year I wrote a tip about adding survival items to a hiking stick (to see the tip, click here). The response was great and it inspired me to write another tip, as it so often happens with me working on these sticks, I sometimes get an idea and of course have to try it out.

The following is an idea I had about the need for light and fire while out camping or night fishing. What I have done is to take a stub out (check at your local hardware store) with cap and turned it into a portable torch that fits inside the top of the hiking stick.

All you need do is drill down into the top of the stick with a large bit (insure the diameter and length is correct) the tub can be cut to whatever length you may want. I left it the size it was.

With the cap, I took and drilled a hole in the center about the size of a #2 pencils, the trick is to keep the fuel inside, to do this, I took and made a clay stopper. Take and mold the clay into a round ball then shape it to form a grommet with a hole in the middle.

After it dries (in-place!!), make sure it is a tight fit or your fuel will run out) you can then insert the wick. This can be a length of twine or yarn, or you could cut a tikki torch wick to the right size. I used lamp oil but you can use rubbing alcohol as well (NOTE: IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING DO NOT USE GAS OR KEROSENE)!!!

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I have included an example, but I encourage all to experiment with their own designs.

Safe hiking to all
James C. West

Learn to survive in the wilderness.

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Hiking Staff Modifications
by: Big Bear

I too have been considering hiking staff modifications.

My thoughts have centered on placing a slice though the bottom of the staff where a throwing knife could then be bound in place. Not so much to be used as a throwing spear, but for self defense where keeping a larger animal (2 legged or 4) at bay.

Other things to consider would be a frog gig for fishing or a light weight digging implement.

Finally, I would place a rubber base from a crutch for additional slip prevention.

The Handy dandy survival hiking stick #2 Question Why?
by: James C. West

First I would like to say thank you for all of your comments concerning the Handy Dandy Hiking Stick.

A question was asked as to why anyone would want to add an apparatus to the staff to produce light/fire. Well, it serves a lot of purposes one being a sense of security. A led light or regular hand held battery powered torch (which I do agree you should have in your kit) cannot be used as a weapon if needed, unless it is an eight cell maglight (fire hurts).

Two: I have made them using candles as well and this gives you a fuel source to start fires in wet or damp conditions (the lamp oil, rubbing alcohol and or a magnesium survival block with striker will do the same thing).

Three: Should you find yourself in need of help fire is a good way to signal someone, and if it is on top of your staff and you cannot stand up due to an injury you can raise the staff on high (you can also use citronella oil/candles for bugs).

There are only a few times I can think of that you would not want to be seen at night
(hunting would be one, hiding from something that would like to eat you would be another).

I have made them by request that have super bright L.E.D.S in them, and they worked great and the person had a lighter to make fire. So it comes down to this in my opinion, you can have just a simple fanny pack with a few granola bars and a bottle of water a lighter and a flash light, or you can have a full pack with everything under the sun. It is up to the person who is going out into the wilderness.

In short, the staff is just another way to carry items.

Remember: S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. (US Army)

Size up the situation.
Undue haste makes waste.
Remember were you are.
Vanquish fear and panic.
Value living.
Act like the natives.
Live by your wits.


by: Shaykh Idris

I carry a beta & another LED for light: except for true darkness: cloud, no moon, or moon shadow, I can see by starlight, well enough for getting around. carrying alight around does two things that I would avoid: it cuts down how far one can see, and it tells where you are. Human eyesight is fit for night vision, unless malnourished. Night blindness can be a sign of Vitamin A deficiency.

by: Todd Owen

Thank you for the great tip, I too am playing around with some ideas for a walking stick for Wilderness Back Country Hiking...... Please keep posting your tips, I will be adding some photos soon of my own creations and tips. Happy Survival from Colorado.

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