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Take a hike! But don't go before checking out the hiking equipment advice and hiking tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Down-slopes and up-slopes
- Rocks (optional)
Brake your descent
Use the hiking stick to brake your descent on steep down-slopes. Alternately, use it to push yourself onward on an up-slope. Balance on uneasy ground by allowing the hiking stick to help bear your weight.
Ford a stream
Maintain your balance as you ford a stream by leaning on the hiking stick, which serves as a stabilizing third leg as you make your way through the water.
Pitch a tarp
Use the stick to pitch a tarp. Place the stick in the center of the tarp, and then secure the corners of the tarp by ropes to trees.
Scare away dogs
Scare away menacing dogs. Just the sight of the stick can be enough to send a growling dog off with its tail between its legs. With your trusty walking stick at your side, get out there and enjoy your hike!