I never could carry the lightweight aluminum collapsable sticks with the ski pole grips. I need a heavy piece of wood. I found this in the corner of an antique store a while back and asked if it was for sale, the lady said $5. It was really dusty, dry, and had spots of white paint all over it. I got it home and rubbed it with steel wool and oil. I put the lanyard hole in it with a dremel(dumb idea, it was late at night) and after breaking the third bit I got the cordless drill. It has some scars that really show with the oil but it is still solid. I think it's cedar, 4' long and heavy enough.