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Thinking about an Grand Teton National Park camping trip? What are you waiting for?

Grand Teton National Park offers a stunning mountain landscape that makes you feel like you have been transported to another world. Its splendid mountain range with towering jagged peaks is a favorite among hikers, climbers and photographers. A unique and unforgettable visit awaits you at Grand Teton.

About Grand Teton National Park: Quick Facts

  • Grand Teton National Park is located in the northwestern region of Wyoming, with Yellowstone National Park to its north and the town of Jackson to its south.


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  • It was established on February 26, 1929.
  • You can drive through the park since there is a road that winds through it.


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  • Grand Teton National Park has a land area of 309,994 acres.
  • It is surrounded by thick national forests and at the base of the mountain range are alpine lakes.


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  • The park is accessible via US 191.
  • Roughly 2.8 million visitors go to Grand Teton every year.


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  • The Teton Range stands out in the skyline of the park, rising over 7,000 feet above Jackson Hole valley.
  • The park used to be a hunting and gathering ground for Native American tribes, particularly the Shoshone.

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  • Its name was derived from the French term, les trois tétons, meaning The Three Nipples. The French fur trappers noticed three peaks that stood out.

Preparing for a Grand Teton National Park Camping Trip

Grand Teton National Park is a great destination for camping, but it’s no utopia, for us humans at least. To make your visit more comfortable, safer and hassle-free, take these tips into consideration and prepare accordingly.


Grand Teton gets a lot of snow in the winter, with a yearly average of 450 inches in the mountains and 191 in the valley. Winters are long and cold, ranging between 26 °F in the day and 1 °F at night in January. July records 80 and 41 °F as its daily temperature range. Summer brings in the usual thunderstorms that occur mainly in the mountains. Always check the forecast and be prepared with the right gear.


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Grand Teton National Park is bear country. Observe all safety measures to avoid being attacked by bears and be sure to store food properly. Resist the temptation to feed them. In case you see a bear, keep a safe distance. It is recommended to bring bear spray when in the park.


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Cellular Coverage

The developed areas of the park have several cell towers in operation. There is good signal in Jackson Hole valley and throughout most areas of Grand Teton National Park. Cellular signal is reportedly unstable in remote areas.


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Campers will be delighted to know that there are six campgrounds to choose from, namely Signal Mountain, Lizard Creek, Jenny Lake, Headwaters, Gros Ventre and Colter Bay. In addition, Flagg Ranch features RV sites for motor campers. If you really want to get up close and personal with nature at Grand Teton, you’ll be pleased to know that backcountry camping is allowed. Just make sure to obtain a permit and pay the corresponding fees. It should be known that bear-resistant canisters are provided and required.


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If you want to bring your pet along, make sure that it is leashed. The areas in the park where pets are allowed are mainly in the front country and areas accessible to cars. The park administration wants to protect the Grand Teton’s environment, wildlife, other visitors and your pet.


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What to Pack for a Grand Teton National Park Camping Trip

  • Large Backpack (60-80 Liters)
  • Tent
  • Tent Footprint
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camp Pillow


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  • Canister Stove
  • Headlamp
  • Batteries
  • Lighter
  • Waterproof Matches
  • 1L Cup (capable of boiling water)
  • Utensil (spoon, fork, spork)
  • 3 Stuff Sacks (Toiletries, Food, Underwear/Socks)
  • Food (Allocated for 5 days of high calorie output)
  • Oatmeal
  • Jerky
  • Trail Mix
  • Vacuum Sealed Chicken
  • Easy Prepare Rice (various flavors are available)
  • Noodles
  • Peanut Butter
  • Wheat Thins
  • Hard Cheese
  • Coffee (tea bag style is easiest)


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  • Water Filter
  • 2L Camel Back/Nalgene Bottles

Acquired in Jackson, WY

  • Fuel canisters for Stove
  • Bear Mace
  • Bear Canister

Optional Items

  • Camera
  • Stuff Sacks (for those that need to be organized)
  • Knife (This is not optional for me)
  • Camp Chair (Crazy Creek makes a great one)
  • Sleeping Bag liner
  • Clothing (Consider all items Synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Hiking Boots (broken in and well fitting)
  • Wool/Synthetic Socks (5 pairs; avoid cotton)
  • 2 Pair Shorts (w/ liners like a swim trunk reduces the number of underwear needed)
  • 2 Pair Long Pants
  • 2 T-Shirts
  • 1 Flannel/Long-sleeved Shirt
  • Thermal Top (I have come to trust PolarTec)
  • Thermal Bottom
  • Soft-shell Jacket (light-down jackets are also an option)
  • Rain Jacket (a breathable materail is best, but taped seams are a must)
  • Beanie
  • Sun Hat/Ball Cap


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  • Sun Glasses
  • 3 pair Underwear
  • Optional Clothing
  • Camp Shoes (Chacos or equivalent are great for water crossings and around camp)
  • Waterproof Pants

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What to Do in Grand Teton National Park

Now that you’ve prepared and packed for your trip, it’s time to explore some of Grand Teton National Park’s beautiful sights and enjoy fun activities. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Grand Teton Mountain Range


One of the things that sets the eastern view of the Grand Tetons apart from other ranges is there are not any foothills to obstruct the view. The actions of natures elements have sculpted a monolith of sharply notched peaks accented by deep U shaped glaciated canyons that are truly a sight to behold. If you think the Grand Tetons is awe inspiring from the valley floor a trip into the center of them will set new benchmarks for beauty for the hard drive in your skull. Via

2. Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop


The premier Grand Teton hiking trail is a once in a lifetime experience and arguably the best way to see what Grand Teton National Park is all about. It is not for everyone being around 20 miles in length, but this backcountry trail should be on any serious hiker’s bucket list. Via

3. Colter Bay


Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park is one of the most picturesque bays in the Rocky Mountains, and it’s always a treat to visit this wondrous place. Whether you like canoeing, boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, waterskiing, horseback riding, or just sitting and relaxing while you watch the boats come in and out of the bay, Colter Bay is definitely a “must see” on your Grand Teton National Park Vacation. Via

4. Leigh Lake

Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton certainly isn’t wanting for breathtaking lakes: there’s Jackson Lake, String Lake, and Jenny Lake, but if you head a little ways off the beaten path, you’ll find that Leigh Lake is undoubtedly one of the prettiest. And… it has a beach! Of course, instead of panoramic ocean views and rolling waves, you’ll have to settle for the surrounding mountain scenery and crystal clear lake waters. It’s a decent length hike, but it’s level and relatively easy. Besides, I can’t think of a better reward for a brisk hike than enjoying a picnic and a swim on the sandy shore. Via

5. Schwabacher’s Landing


Schwabacher’s Landing is a spot on the Snake River, almost exactly east of Grand Teton, where the terrain flattens out and allows easy access to the river. There is a dirt road coming off the main highway and down to various trailheads. This is a launch site on the River for anglers and river rafters and is one of America’s most spectacular viewpoints. Via

6. Hot Springs


Enjoy a snowmobile ride and warm up with a relaxing soak in Granite Hot Springs, or check out Kelly Warm Springs outside of Kelly along Gros Ventre Road, as well as various springs in nearby Yellowstone National Park. Via jacksonholewy

7. Wildlife Tour


Viewing wildlife is one of the most popular and enjoyable activities within Grand Teton National Park. Often easily spotted from the road or park trails, you can spend hours watching wildlife. The following are common species to spot in the park: Trumpeter Swan, Elk, Moose, Bald Eagle, Antelope, Osprey, Bison, Black Bears, Marmots, and Pikas. Via

8. Fly Fishing


When looking for something to do this summer, try your hand at fly fishing in Grand Teton National Park. Both area lakes and streams offer great trout fishing opportunities: browns, rainbows, lake, and native cutthroat trout can all be caught in the park’s waters. Via

9. Scenic Drive

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Right off U.S.191, Teton Park Road begins at Moose and traces the Teton Range base to Jackson Lake Junction. The 20-mile road provides a great overview, traversing a good length of the park and passing several bodies of water. To get closer to the breathtaking peaks, take a detour after 8.5 miles at Jenny Lake Road. After merging back onto Teton Park Road, enjoy the scenery for another nine miles, then climb 800 feet on Signal Mountain Summit Road for spectacular views of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole Valley, and Jackson Lake. Via

10. Take a Horseback Ride in Jackson Hole


Not to be confused with the town of Jackson, Jackson Hole is the valley lying to the east of the Teton Mountain Range. Within this valley and its nearby surrounding areas, there are many ranches and horseback riding operators that offer trail rides anywhere from an introductory two hours to multi-day excursions. Horseback riding is one of those activities that is associated with the west and what better place to bust out that cowboy hat and old pair of jeans than Grand Teton National Park – a place brimming with old west history. Via

11. Menor’s Ferry Historic District


A short, flat walk from the parking area leads you to the Menor’s Ferry Historic District. Start at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a contemplative house of prayer. Its large altar-window showcases the inspirational Teton Range. Stroll through the country store and cabin constructed by Jackson Hole homesteader Bill Menor. Climb aboard the replica ferry that transports visitors across the Snake River; the short voyage is very similar to the manner in which the crossing was made in the late 1800s. Via USA Today

12. Flora/Fauna


Home to the largest bird in North America, the trumpeter swan, Grand Teton National Park also hosts the smallest bird on the continent, the calliope hummingbird, which weighs less than one tenth of an ounce. In addition to supporting a range of bird species, the park’s many habitats feature over 60 species of mammals, from majestic elk to predatory wolves to small pikas. If you’re near the water, there’s a chance that a river otter might be splashing around. Via

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Homemade Weapons You Can DIY To Awaken Your Inner Caveman

Learn to make your own homemade weapons so you’ll have a fighting chance in a survival situation where all you have is nature.

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How to Make Homemade Weapons

Why Should You Learn to Make Homemade Weapons?

Let’s say you got lost in the wild, and you somehow forgot or lost your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT (or whichever is the best survival knife for you). What do you do?

While your situation is most likely not quite as bad as Tom Hanks had it in Castaway, let’s face it. The only way you’re gonna get out of this situation in good shape is to let out your inner caveman.

Let me explain. Our very primitive ancestors lived in a time when every day was a survival situation. Any tools or weapons they needed had to be made from scratch.

So, should you be unlucky enough to have only the shirt on your back while you’re lost in the wilderness, you’ll have to follow suit. Let the training of your inner caveman begin.

Today’s lesson: how to make DIY weapons in the wild with only the resources nature provided you.

How to Make a Knife | Homemade Weapons

Having a knife, any kind of knife is probably one of the best things to happen should you suddenly find yourself in a survival situation. You can use it to help you find food, build a shelter, and defend yourself against wild animals.

So it’s highly fortunate nature is waiting like a momma at a craft table with lots of materials you can use to create one.

1. Stone Knives

Bone, shell, bamboo, wood, or even an old aluminum beer can may work to perform the puncturing function of a blade. You know you’ve seen these a million times when you’re out hiking.

They’re easy to crack or break or shape into a fairly sharp point which will do in a pinch. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to use a chicken bone or an expertly-shaped aluminum can point to skin, chop, baton, or any of the other necessary functions of a survival knife.

This is where the stone comes into play. I’ll start by saying making a knife out of stone isn’t easy, but it can be done.

You’ll need three things: a core rock, a hammerstone, and a pressure flaker. Remember, you’re going to be smashing these together in true caveman fashion.

So, having stones you can reasonably grip in each hand is going to make your life a lot easier. Although, it’s definitely an option to stand poised over one rock smashing down on it.

You, with a two-hand grip, pounding until you’ve chipped away at it a bit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

2. The Core Rock

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The core rock is what you’ll be making into a blade. Find any large stone, preferably made from obsidian, slate, chert, or flint with a relatively flat side.

In case you weren’t a rock collector in any of your previous lives, here’s another way to decide if a rock meets the requirements for good knife-making material. Tap or click a rock together with another rock and listen for a ringing sound (like glass).

The more rock sounds like glass, the better it is as a material for your core rock. If you can, choose a rock which is already a bit sharp to reduce the amount of time you’ll need to shape it.

3. The Hammerstone

The hammerstone is a medium-sized, spherical rock, preferably made of granite. It will be used to smash, chisel, chip and shape the core rock.

You’ll be using it to chip off pieces of the core stone and to narrow the edges to a blade shape.

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4. The Pressure Flaker

The pressure flaker, or flaking tool, is a rock with a sharp point to help you refine the blade’s edges. You’ll use your flaking tool after you’ve thinned the edges of the stone with the hammer stone to make the “blade” sharper.

When you start making your knife, you’ll want to be sure to wet the core stone to shorten the time it takes to shape it into a blade. Begin by striking glancing blows near the edge of the core rock with the hammerstone.

Chip away at the core rock until you get the general shape of a blade. Then, use the flaking tool to refine the edges you need to sharpen.

You can also use a stone with a rough surface such as a sandstone to sharpen the edge. Use some rope, cloth, or leather to lash the base and create a handle.

If you are having troubling shaping the rock into a knife, you can opt to create stone blades instead. Check out the videos below to learn how:

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How to Make a Spear | Homemade Weapons

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We’ve talked about how to make a spear using your best survival knife in a previous article. The same principle applies here.

Even without your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT or whichever survival knife you normally bring with you, you can still make a spear using your newly made stone knife. To make a spear, you’ll need to find a five-foot-long stick tough enough to endure repeated short or long-distance throws.

  1. First, pick the end of the stick which has a more rounded tip and use your stone knife to start shaving to create a spear. Once you’re done, be sure to heat the spear over some hot coals to make your spear sharper.
  2. As an alternative, you can also make a spear by tying your knife onto a stick. Find a stick which is about an inch wide.
  3. Measure about 2 inches from one end of the stick. Mark the point, then split the stick into two until you reach the 2-inch mark, creating a sort of Y shape.
  4. This will create a space where you can stick your stone knife before you lash it on with some twine, cord, or rope. To lock the blade in place, put some moss or lichen in the remaining space.
  5. If you haven’t had time to fashion your knife out of stone yet, you can also use broken pieces of shell or glass or splintered bamboo or bone and secure it to the end of your stick.
  6. If you find a way to split your stick without a knife, you can insert the splintered bone or bamboo into the wedge and tie it off like you would when turning a knife into a spear.

How to Make a Weighted Club | Homemade Weapons

While sharp pointy tools are all well and good, you can never go wrong with a blunt homemade weapon. You can use it for hammering or bludgeoning something such as a weighted club.

The weighted club could be one of the deadliest ancient weapons. To make one, you’ll need the following: a piece of wood around 14-16 inches, a medium-sized rock, and some rope.

  1. Once you have all the materials, you’ll need to wrap some lashing 6-8 inches from the end of the stick.
  2. Split the same end until you reach the lashing in order to create a V-shaped notch. The rock you picked out should be shorter than the length of the split.
  3. Insert the stone then lash it securely (above, below, and across the stone). The lashing on the stick above the stone clamps both sides of the split together providing the first point of security, so it’s especially important to create a good, tight lashing above the stone.
  4. You’ll want to make sure you bind the split ends securely so the stone won’t fall off whenever you use it to hammer or pound on something.

This video from Wannabe Bushcrafter will show you how to make a bamboo knife:

Now, hopefully, you never find yourself in a situation where making homemade weapons is going to be a necessity for survival. But, if you do find yourself in such a quagmire, this little bit of information and inner caveman training may be what saves your life.

Which of these homemade weapons do you want to make? Tell us your progress in the comments section below!

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5 Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

Know these home remedies for chigger bites, or better yet, avoid the bug's bites in the first place with helpful tips included here!

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In this article:

  1. What Is a Chigger, Exactly?
  2. Where Do Chiggers Live?
  3. Identifying Chiggers Bites
  4. Home Remedies for Chigger Bites
  5. Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

What Is a Chigger, Exactly?

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.

Adult chiggers are about 1/60 of an inch and have eight legs. The larvae are red, wingless, six-legged creatures which measure less than 1/150 of an inch.

Because of their red color, you might be able to spot the larvae when they cluster together, especially on white clothing.

What Is the Arachnid Family? It is a large group or class of invertebrate animals where the spiders and scorpions belong.

Where Do Chiggers Live?

Chiggers reside in tall weeds and grass, berry patches, and wooded areas. They could be in your backyard, by the lake, or your favorite hiking trail.

They are most active in summer and fall afternoons – the warmest part of the day.

Identifying Chiggers Bites

Only the larvae bite humans and they tend to choose warm, moist areas of the body.

Chiggers also have claws which help them grab onto your skin. The chigger then attaches its mouth to the skin and injects saliva.

The saliva contains an enzyme which breaks skin cells down to liquid form. Your body responds by hardening skin cells around the saliva, creating a tube (cyclostome) through which the chigger sucks the dissolved skin cells.

Chiggers can stay attached and feeding for several days before falling off.

When the chigger falls off, you are left with reddish bumps. You may notice a bright red dot in the center—this is a remnant of the tube your skin formed in response to the chigger's saliva.

The bumps may look like welts, blisters, pimples, or hives. Bites generally appear in groups and get larger for several days to a week.

While many insects bite exposed skin which is easy to get to, chiggers like to bite in folds of skin as well as places where clothing fits tightly on the skin. Most chigger bites occur around the ankles, waist, armpits, crotch, or behind the knees.

Home Remedies for Chigger Bites

Just remember, no matter what, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITES! I know, easier said than done. But, breaking the skin on a chigger bite can lead to infection.

Here are 5 home remedies to help with the itching and swelling.

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1. Vicks Vapor Rub

Vicks Vapor Rub can put an end to itchy chigger bites immediately and will even reduce the risk of blisters. It’s the cooling menthol in it which relieves itching by affecting itch receptors in the skin.


  • Take a hot shower (use antibacterial soap.) Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Take a small amount of the vapor rub and add some table salt to it.
  • Mix well and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat if the swelling continues (otherwise, there is no need to repeat the process)

2. Cold Compress

A cold compress can help reduce the itching associated with chigger bites. Its numbing effect helps reduce the sensation of itchiness.


  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth.
  • Apply the compress to the bites for 10 minutes. Repeat if needed to relieve itching.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another effective remedy to reduce rashes as well as itchiness. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer which helps relieve itching and reduces the risk of infection.


  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water.
  • Stir well and soak in this water for 15 minutes and pat your skin with a soft towel. (Do this once daily)

Another remedy using baking soda:

  • Prepare a thin paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.

Note: Do not use this remedy more than once or twice a day. Never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties providing instant relief from itching–one of the common symptoms of chigger bites. It is recommended to use colloidal oatmeal, meaning oats which are ground into an extremely fine powder.

(You can accomplish this yourself by grinding regular oats in a sealed Ziploc bag, using the backside of a spoon to crush the oatmeal.)


  • Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water
  • Stir thoroughly
  • Soak in this mixture for at least 15-20 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

5. Olive Oil

Olive oil can also be used to get relief from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which reduce itching and facilitate healing.


  • After rinsing the affected area with water, apply olive oil to the chigger bite.
  • Reapply several times a day.

Another option using olive oil:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the affected area.
  • Repeat a few times a day.

Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take the following precautions:

  1. When hiking, stay in the center of the trail and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  2. Wear long sleeves and long pants when going into the woods.
  3. Apply mosquito repellent on your hands, feet, and exposed skin on your arms before going outside.
  4. Shower immediately after being outdoors and use antibacterial soap.
  5. Wash your clothes in hot water.
  6. Resist the urge to scratch because breaking the skin on chigger bites can lead to a possible infection.

This video from Online Pest Control will show you tips to avoid chiggers and ways to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites much like other insect bites aren't only discomforting, they can be dangerous too. Many of these insects including chiggers carry diseases in some cases.

The best way to deal with these bugs is to avoid them or control them with our tips here. But, if you're so unlucky, you also now know the best home remedies to chigger bites!

Have you had to deal with chigger bites before? Tell us how, including more useful tips which worked for you in the comments section below!

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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Arm yourself with a survival stick, get savvy with it, but first, find out why as you read on!

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In this article:

  1. Survival Hiking Stick
  2. Survival Stick for Support
  3. Fetching/Reaching Things
  4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense
  5. Balance
  6. Gauging Depth
  7. Carrying Gear and Supplies
  8. Club
  9. Fishing Rod

Survival Stick: An Underrated Multipurpose Tool?

The Survival Stick in History

A walking stick or a survival cane were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword. Yet, the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

…They work! Even the animal kingdom is smart enough to know just how useful these are:

(It may be hard to see, but this gorilla is holding a walking stick to gauge the depth of the water as she sloshes along)

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea. In fact, the use of a walking stick predates history and its use continued on for generations including this present time.

Yet, it is one which is more often than not overlooked. When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a walking disability.

Far too few people even realize how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors. We will dig a little deeper into the many uses of a survival stick and maybe safely say, it could be the first multi-purpose survival tool.

Practical and Survival Uses for a Survival Stick

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles and hiking staff have quite a few different uses:

1. Survival Hiking Stick

Hold the survival stick in front of you and you can use it to clear your way by parting brushes and branches or leaves and thick tall grasses. You can also use it to clear spiderwebs, especially if you're not too fond of spiders.

Other insects, animals, poisonous plants, and even animal dung can get in the way. Use a survival stick to inspect or poke at those things if you are unsure, and never ever your hands or your feet.

2. Survival Stick for Support

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Making your way through an uneven terrain will be more manageable with a walking stick for support. Whether you're going up or down, use the walking stick to either slow you down or hold you up.

You can use your walking stick like breaks to keep you from speeding down or use it to latch on to a rock or crevice when you're climbing up. Besides for yourself, you can also use your multipurpose stick as a support for your tarp emergency shelter.

3. Fetching/Reaching Things

It happens–a supply or gear falling on water, mud, puddle or in an area you dare not walk into. You can fetch or reach for those items with a stick.

It also happens where you need an item over a physical barrier and only a stick can fetch the item for you. You can also reach for fruits, nest, or other food sources up a tree or high structure with a stick.

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4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense

To use a survival stick as a weapon, make sure it's a sturdy stick with a finished look and not just any stick you found along the way. You can use it to defend yourself from an attacker whether it's human or animals.

I would suggest to train yourself in some form of martial arts using a stick like a baton as a weapon to have a better handle at it.

You can also fashion a spear with your stick by tying a survival knife on one end. Don't throw this spear though or you risk damaging or losing your knife and stick.

Hold on to your homemade spear and only use it to thrust at your target.

5. Balance

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If you're up for it and if the body of water isn't too wide across, you can also use a long stick like a pole vault to cross over so you don't get yourself wet.

6. Gauging Depth

Relative to crossing bodies of water, a survival stick is handy in identifying dips beneath the waters which could cause you to stumble. You can also use the stick to identify where it's safe to take the next step.

You can also use this simple trick with the stick when you're traveling in deep snow, marshland, and even the dessert.

7. Carrying Gear and Supplies

Use your survival stick to help you carry gear and supplies. Pack your supplies with a shemagh, tie it tight to one end of your stick then place the stick over your shoulders in hobo fashion.

You can also carry more supplies with your survival stick. Even today, a carrying pole is used by indigenous people all over the world to carry heavy supplies you never thought possible.

Hang bags of supplies or jars of water on either side of the pole or stick, putting a stopper like a notch or tie on both ends so they don't fall off. Place the center of the stick over your shoulders and balance your load to your destination.

8. Club

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Use your survival stick like a club to knock obstacle down. A pillar of rocks or other objects may be on your way and a sturdy stick can help you safely knock those.

If you are in a building with glass doors or windows or inside a car, you can break the glass with a stick. Make to knock over pieces around your entrance or exit with the stick, too.

9. Fishing Rod

You only need to bring a fishing kit and your survival stick will make a good fishing rod. Tie a line on one end of your walking stick and fish away.

A DIY fishing pole is actually effective and many a fish has been caught this way.

As you guys and gals already know, I am a stickler for carrying things only if they have multiple uses. This guy managed to fit almost an entire survival kit into a walking stick he built from scratch, for under $20.00.

Check out this video from SOS 2054 I found, and find out for yourself, too:

A humble walking stick will indeed surprise you with what it can do for your defense, convenience, safety, and survival. Since you know now the practical and survival uses of this primitive multi-purpose tool, it won't surprise me if it lands a top spot on your list of survival tools for camping, hiking, or SHTF.

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick”? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 11, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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