The Science of the Hiking Stick: What length do you want...
|The ideal stick length for ascending and descending rugged terrain is between chest and chin. Using a Tamarak is "Like Hiking Down a Trail with a Hand Rail!"|
If you are walking predominately level terrain, a shorter Tamarak is recommended. It enhances a persons stride by helping set up a "walking rhythm."
A popular rhythm that is efficient and relaxing is "poke,2,3,4" "poke,2,3,4" (i.e. four steps to one for the ) Or you might invent one of your own.
Applying this rhythm can increase your overall efficiency by up to one third.
The Tamarak distracts from physical and mental fatigue, plus it reduces stress on your back and knees.
A Tamarak gives increased stability when crossing water and other obstacles "like a third leg".
A great defense against some of the more pesky critters on the Trail. Dogs, Rodents, Poison Ivy, even low branches!
Finally, there is a feeling of peace when you place both hands on top of your stick, tuck them under your chin, relax your body and enjoy the view!