Just wondering if anyone ever takes one of these with them if intending to do any deep wading?
Yes all the time, made for low water fishing, or just for long walks over uneven ground. DIY made from a alu boat hook with hook removed and walking stick cap added. Small hole to drain any water. Tether to clip it to my belt. Tucked up between back and rucksack when not in use.Just wondering if anyone ever takes one of these with them if intending to do any deep wading?
youve sold it to me - Im gonna get one nowI dont leave home without a wading stick. As Paul said above even just for walking out across rock marks it makes life so much easier and safer. The one i have folds down into a little holster that hangs off the waders, when you need it you just pull it out and it springs into onepiece and away you go. The diff it makes when wading over rocks etc is incredible, gives you alot more stablility/confidence and I feel alot safer.
Using the wading stick also makes a big diff to how my back feels after 12hrs of walking/scrambling and climbing over uneven rocky surfaces, with the stick to lean on when you need too your not as inclined to bend all manner of silly shapes to keep youself in balance and therefore not stressing your back as much. For that reason alone it is worth carrying. Quite a few guys I know over here now use and swear by them after trying one for a session or two.
I used one of these for most of last year, I think we got two for £8.00 from a garage somewhere. They do give a lot more confidence clambering over rocks but really come into there own when wading and checking out the ground in front. Its already saved my neck several times and just clips onto your backpack when not needed with a small carabineer simples, never leave home without them now.Hi Simon, one of my chums and his missus use the walking/mountineering style ones you have mentioned there. They picked up 3 stage anodised aluminium ones in TKMaxx early last year for just a few quid for a matched pair, they have had a season out of them so far with just the odd wash to stop salt buildup. As they came in pairs for walking they both still have a spare too.