In the last few years, hikers with walking sticks have multiplied on the trails. They are useful for improving stability on uneven ground and for keeping pace with fast walks, but they have one major drawback: they damage the ground!
The tip of the stick damages the ground and the vegetation, making delicate and protected areas more fragile. On busy days or after the passage of a large group, it’s Verdun, if you’ll pardon the expression.
Some municipalities are already thinking about banning walking sticks. This is the case of Perros-Guirrec, which has decided to ban those without a protective tip (made of cork or rubber) from the Ploumanac’h site. Over the last three years, €100,000 has been spent on restoring the paths…
In short, if you are sure of your footing, I cannot advise you enough to do without these sticks or, at the very least, to cap the tip with a suitable tip.
Source : Le Télégramme
Copyright photo: Emmanuel Berthier