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.