Hiking poles or staffs relieve the burden on ankles, knees, and hips by transferring weight to your
shoulders and arms. Some studies showed that load transfer can amount to 70,000
lbs. per hour. They also help in keeping your balance on rocky or uneven terrain. You can also use them to
ward off dogs.
Instead of blindly stepping over a log or rock, step onto it and check for snakes sunning or cooling off
on the other side.