Making a hiking stick from a paint roller extension handle
Making an adjustable hiking stick from a paint roller extension handle.
Once upon a time, packing up for a hike, I couldn’t find my regular hardwood hiking stick. Oh, well, I’ll just use this roller handle until I find my ‘real’ hiking stick later. To my surprise, I kind of liked it.
On mine, I added a crutch tip and metal hook at the ‘handle’ end, secured by lashing in place with nylon cord which became the hand grip for using as a hiking stick. You could possibly use duct tape if you need to for lack of cord. Just be aware that tape wouldn’t hold the hook in place quite as well. This hook is useful for everything from hanging the hiking stick in a convenient location to grabbing small dead tree limbs down out of trees for firewood when most of the ground level firewood might be wet. Or for getting hold of something out of reach that you don’t want to get closer to or can’t get any closer to.
Add a crutch tip to the end that the paint roller would normally attach to, and call it complete. Granted, this is nowhere as strong as a real hiking stick made of hardwood, but its light, gets the job done pretty well, and perhaps its versatility outshines the less than hardy construction. If you already have a hiking stick, then perhaps all you need is to add the hook.
The adjustable feature may also be handy for crossing over a creek using a log or rocks, as you could extend it until it might touch the bottom of the creek. Handy way to help keep your balance. Shrinking the length, perhaps the stick can now be used as a front support in a tarp shelter configuration.
Whipping the hook to the extension pole – hiking stick.
First thing, size your handle wrap you’re making by grasping the top of the extension pole and mark about an inch or so below where your hand lies as you would grasp the handle when you’re using it as a hiking stick.
See #1. The hook I used had a slight knob at the end which was to be screwed to the wall, as well as screw holes. This helped keep my hook in place after lashing. If your hook only has screw holes, perhaps run your line through one of the holes as you wrap the handle. Take your nylon twine and make a loop along the handle as you see here in #1. The long twine isn’t shown in the sketch, but there’s enough to go around the handle a large number of times, depending on the size of the grip you wish to make.
See #2. Take the twine and begin wrapping the handle, starting at the mark you made on the handle. Covering the loop you made, wrap the twine as tightly as you can do it. As you work your way to the end of the handle, incorporate your hook into the winding, still wrapping very tightly.
See #3. As you reach the end, take the line through the loop you made to begin with, keeping the tension on the twine..
And #4, take the end of the line at the bottom of the whipping (Fig. 2) and pull it down the handle, which pulls the loose end at the top of the whipping down into and under the wrapping. You may have to wrap the cord around a large nail or a screwdriver to pull it, if you have wrapped the cord around the handle to the correct tightness. When you have pulled the loop down under the wrapping as far as you can, trim the ends of the twine remaining as they stick out from under the wrapping. When done correctly, this shouldn’t unravel or become loose with any kind of usage.