The first simple gear mod involves simply making a couple of marks on the lower portion of your hiking stick. A couple of marks at 12 inch intervals turns your hiking stick into a simple but effective depth gauge. It can then be used to determine the depth of water at creek or stream crossings. If you live in an area with a lot of snow, it can help you determine the depth of snow in your path. You can either score your hiking stick and darken the sored areas (see pic above) or just add a piece of tape as an indicator.
The second simple gear mod for your hiking stick is to just simply add a whistle to the lanyard on your hiking stick. A whistle is very effective at creating or drawing attention to your location if something goes wrong and adds very little additional weight. It will also save you from having to do a lot of yelling and hollering! Or moaning...
The third lightweight gear mod for your hiking stick is the addition of paracord. Wrapping your stick with paracord is simple and makes a great way to carry a large amount of cordage. The average walking or hiking stick will easily accommodate anywhere from 50 to 100 feet of paracord in an easy to access manner.
While a simple hiking or walking stick is a great gear item, it can made even more useful with a few simple and inexpensive gear mods. Turn your hiking stick into a survival stick!
Got sticks for survival?
Staying above the water line!