Rope Handgrip for Hiking Stick




I was looking for a hand grip for my hiking stick which would not be expensive ad also would work well rain or shine.   The leather grips are nice, but sweaty hands or rain make them slippery.

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.

Step 1:

Determine where the rope hand grip will start and end.   
(Labeling is not necessary - it's just been used for illustration purposes.)

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Pull the end out so that the wraps remain tight against the stick. 

Step 7:

Cut and fuse the end of the rope to keep it from fraying.


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Thank you for posting this idea. I like it....The only thing I would add is that I would pound the center line cord flat with a hammer before you whip over it. Then use Barge glue to lay the center line or rope lines in. Use Barge glue around the whole handle as you lay the rope in. The pieces you see in the images were completed several days ago for sale in a store. Forestry permit cut standing dead wood aspen saplings.

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I appreciate the suggestion but gluing the rope down is definitely not something I wanted to do. I wanted to be able to easily change out the cord either because it has become dirty over time or just because I wanted to change up the color.


8 years ago on Introduction

Very nicely done. On mine, which I made long before I ever heard of this website, I did not make a loop at the end. Instead, I left a length of cord and added a bead to represent each of my scouts. It has been a treasured memento of my leader days. I also put in a bolt in the top end to fit my camera to use as a monopod. Both ends are covered with rubber feet from a walker.

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! I posted it because I had quite a few Scout parents asking how I made mine. I prefer it over the leather handgrips they sell at the store, And, I like the loop because I can hang it to keep it from falling. Also, I can clip on a carabiner to attach stuff if I need to.


9 years ago on Introduction

 I did pretty much the same thing but using recycled twine from haybales. I didn't think about adding a loop though, I'll have to remember that for the next one....  nice ible

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Any idea what I did wrong in the steps?    Why is all the junk there?

(Yeah - it's my first Instructable)


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

You didn't do anything.  If you click on the individual steps, you'll see that your text is there, just as you'd expect.  This appears to be a problem with the I'bles server.