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The hiking staff or "walking stick" has been around for millennia. Aaron and Moses are mentioned as each having carried one on their quest for the holy land and blackthorn staff of Irish legend was reported to have special powers. The walking stick has gone through a few changes in the past century but in its most modern form is the set of trekking poles now carried by many hikers. These poles resemble ski poles and one is held in each hand effectively doubling the benefits of the single hiking staff. The debate rages on, especially in long-distance hiking circles, over the necessity of carrying trekking poles. Ultimately the decision is left up to the hiker as a personal choice, but a list of advantages and disadvantages of hiking with trekking poles can be found below.
If you love to travel, your cheapest option might just be long distance hiking. Aside from an initial purchase of gear just about all you will need is a food budget. If you plan correctly, you'll be shopping mostly at grocery stores just like you do at home. I know what you're thinking "wait, isn't long distance hiking just walking?" The answer is "No, it's far more than that!"
Nestled deep in the surrounding hills of the southern Appalachians of north Georgia stands Springer Mountain. At 3,780 feet above sea level, this mountain is neither the tallest nor steepest of those in the area. It does, however, hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who has ever hiked or considered hiking the Appalachian Trail and it stands as one of the final southern sentinels of the vast Appalachian Mountain range that stretches from Newfoundland in Canada to the hills of northeastern Alabama.