WHAT'S YOUR STORY? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
Tom - Massachusetts
Mountainrailz was a Godsend in a couple of areas, most importantly when I hiked downhill. The ability to slide my hand down the length of the stick in a controlled manner reduced the impact on my knees more than I would have imagined... The other benefit I found was the use of the stick in climbing. I can use either hand, plant the stick and give a little push, a big pull, or just balance with it. I found that I could hike longer while using it than without. I thought perhaps that if I were to hike for a period of time that I didn't need a stick or if I were to camp, that the stick would be a nuisance to carry around. What I found that it became somewhat addictive - even on flat ground I found it useful. It has added enjoyment and extended my hiking career.
Hannah - New Hampshire
Hiking here in New Hampshire has its challenges and hiking with young ones tends to present its own set of difficulties. I've used ski poles, adjustable hiking sticks and nothing at all to navigate summits with kids in tow, in packs, and on foot. After trying Mountainrailz, I was hooked. Versatility, support, ease and comfort is what Mountainrailz offers to hikers. I experience an upright, natural posture while descending and unmatched support while traversing inclines - paramount to success on any trail. An exciting discovery that even our youngest of adventurers can handle with ease.
Parker - New Hampshire
I've enjoyed using Mountainrailz quite a bit. I've taken it twice to Square Ledge, once to Lost Pond, and once to the Alpine Garden. Undoubtedly, it's at its best on flats, slight downhills and steep downhills. Steep downhills were where it was at its best compared to alternatives like trekking poles and other walking sticks - the length and opportunity for natural feeling offset side by side grips made it a pleasure to use to lower myself off steps of up to 2.5 feet. I especially liked the underarm position for gentle downhills. It was low effort, but put the rail in a good position that would naturally catch me if I slipped. I would appreciate a carbide spike on one foot to make it more reliable with ice and slippery rocks. Like any walking stick it helps hold your momentum. I often outpaced my companions while using the Mountainrail. I would expect it to be more durable than most trekking poles. Mine is showing no wear from its excursions, except for some smoothing around the grip.
Tim - New Hampshire
A custom made gem! I love the sturdy craftsmanship of the Mountainrailz hiking stick. I was hesitant at first but after a few outings I came to realize the unique and diverse use that this custom made product offers. l have used it in the winter for snowshoeing and in the summer to hike the beautiful New Hampshire mountains. This product has more uses than are immediately apparent and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone with any level of experience.
Ed - Oregon
We hike a lot in Oregon, and it's been hard to find an effective hiking stick for someone who stands 6' 2". Mountainrailz has come to the rescue with an affordable, simple and elegant design. The ability to move ones hands in between the rails makes this walking stick in effect, the only adjustable, on-the-fly product of its kind. This stick is beautiful, well--balanced, and designed for optimal stability. Because of Mountainrailz, I now climb steep trails quickly with more confidence.
I met Steve and his family while hiking up Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. I was very intrigued by their hiking staff and inquired of them what it was all about. Instantly the Mountainrailz creation made sense and I asked him if I could borrow one for a few hours. It became clear as I hiked with it as to how valuable it could be to any hiker on the trail. I have thru hiked over 6600 miles in the last 3 1/2 years, with and without trekking poles, and also with and without several staffs. The Mountainrailz creation is a very innovative idea that has come into reality and I can't wait to try it on a larger scale hike. Wait until you experience just how versatile and functional this tool of the trail can be! I feel certain this will be the biggest and greatest addition to the hikers useful equipment in the year 2020. --Mountain Sage