I bought a hiking staff at Walmart for $12.88 and just loved it. A hiking staff is helpful going down hills and crossing creeks. A staff is also good to have when encountering unleashed dogs on the path. I felt that the light weight staff I got at Walmart would not be too helpful in any dog vs man situation. So I came up with a good and sturdy staff using 1" PVC pipe. At least with this pole I can whack a dog good and protect myself. I could also add a camera mount.
4 feet of 1 inch diameter schedule 80 PVC pipe. The thick stuff. (Home Depot)
Two 1" PVC pipe caps (Home Depot)
Nylon cord for handle (Walmart)
Rubber bumper (Hardware Store)
Screw and nut for the rubber bumper.
Optional paint for the pole.