The bonus here is you have a long rope to use in an emergency.
The length of the rope you use is going to depend on the width of your hiking stick and the length of the hand grip you create.
Determine where the rope hand grip will start and end.
(Labeling is not necessary - it's just been used for illustration purposes.)
Lay the rope against the stick heading toward the top.
From the top “end point”, measure out more rope to create the loop and double back down the stick to the bottom of where the whipping (hand grip) will stop.
Turn the rope and follow the other 2 lines back to the top to the point where you want the whipping to end at the top.
Start wrapping it down the stick -- crossing over at the beginning to lock it. (the hand loop has been taped down to keep it out of the way).
Wrap and wrap TIGHTLY.
Continue wrapping to bottom end point.
Then, loosen the last 6 or so wraps and thread the end under. Tighten the wraps by twisting and pulling the end as necessary.
Pull the end out so that the wraps remain tight against the stick.
Cut and fuse the end of the rope to keep it from fraying.