Ask the Gear Guy

What’s the correct walking stick height?

walkingstickHow tall should a walking stick be?

– Walking Wyatt, El Paso, Tex.

A. First thing to consider is how you’ll be using your stick. If you plan to hike with it, look for a tall and straight stick. Here’s a good rule on sizing: Standing with your arms at your side, the stick should be about 6 or 8 inches taller than your elbow. Pick a longer stick if you’ll be tackling steep terrain. If you’re really just planning on walking with your stick, a shorter one will do. Pick a stick that comes to right around your waist.

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Comments about “What’s the correct walking stick height?”

  1. Off-Trail Monkey says:

    Six feet six inches.

  2. sue says:

    my stick is 52″ long and it doesnt feel right but i’m fear to cut it to short

  3. sue says:

    i’m 5’1″ tall how tall should my walking stick be to my height.

  4. pack100 says:

    im still making mine in doing a really good job

  5. cool backpacker 101 says:

    i like to use trekking poles because they help me keep my balance better because i like to tackle uneven terrain

  6. uncoolguy says:


  7. fear says:

    it should be about up to your chin

  8. blingx2 says:

    i tackle steep paths and my stick is perfect so, listen to these people

  9. agent doolin, C.I.A. says:


  10. Pack760scout says:

    I,ll be able to use this!

  11. troop547scout says:


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