Flashback Friday: Hiking Sticks

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Hiking Sticks with Stocknagels by Alexander von Bronewski

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

Hal Borland

The snow is melting, the prairie spring is on its way, and I look forward to the honking of geese overhead. No stocknagels will be waiting for me on the completion of any of my planned hikes this season. But as walking culture in Canada evolves with the coast-to-coast-to-coast connection of The Great Trail, one day there just may be hiking badges for prairie portions of the trail.

Stocknagels, or badges, were souvenirs purchased from European mountain destinations once a hike had been completed. Attached to the hiking stick with small nails, they acted as a great motivator for all ages! This mountain tradition continues today – even in Canada.

All photos, except where noted, copyright D. MacLeod. All rights reserved.

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