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How Tall Should a Walking Stick Be?

Q. I’m making my own walking stick. How big should it be?
— Owen, El Paso, Texas

A. Here’s a good rule on sizing: Standing with your arms at your side, the stick should be about 8 inches taller than your elbow. Pick a longer stick if you’ll be tackling steep terrain. If you’re just planning on walking with your stick, pick a shorter one that comes to your waist.

When it comes to actually making it, there are lots of cool options. Head to go.boyslife.org/hikingstick for some inspiration.


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2 Comments on How Tall Should a Walking Stick Be?

  1. Thanks!!! For info on the walking stick. Now I just got to figure out how to carry a shotgun and walking stick. Guess I can drop the stick if I need to shoot.

  2. Gandalf did not adhere to the information in this article.

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