Walking sticks

A good walking stick can serve many uses when forced to travel on foot. For example:

It can be an effective self-defense weapon.

You can lash a knife to the end to make a crude but useful spear for hunting.

It can be lashed between two trees to serve as a cross-brace in a lean-to shelter.

It can be used to gauge the depth of small streams to judge crossing safety. Check the depth of snow drifts as well.

It can provide extra leverage when walking uphill.

You need not go out and spend a ton of money on anything fancy either. Head to your local hardware or home improvement store. Get a wood dowel 48″ long x 1.25″ thick. Shouldn’t probably cost you more than about five bucks. If you want to make it look pretty, you could paint/stain it or even use a wood burner to create designs on it.

I keep mine in my trunk alongside my GHB (Get Home Bag).

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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