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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.

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5 Comments on How Tall Should a Walking Stick Be?

  1. Backpacker1700+ // January 16, 2019 at 10:29 am // Reply

    I have heard that a *hiking* stick should be at least shoulder high to prevent impaling oneself if Stumbling or falling towards a shorter stick? What do you think?

    A walking stick or walking cane is a different purpose altogether.

  2. The 17th Cow // January 5, 2019 at 7:41 pm // Reply

    i once had a walking stick but it turned in to a snake

  3. thaTS WHAT hE SaID // December 13, 2018 at 6:25 pm // Reply

    my stick is .1 inch tall is that ok

  4. 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.

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

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