The Italian Dolomites.
The Kingfisher hiking stick was developed with good trail stewardship in mind. Ecological awareness is related to the hiker's sensitivity to the effects of foot traffic on delicate ecosystems. In considering the need for safety and enjoyment with that of minimal overall impact, a thoughtful balancing is required. Heavy boots for example, afford support and stability but cause significantly more trail damage than lighter ones. A hiker using lighter boots or shoes can re-gain stability and balance with the use of a hiking stick and still have a lower overall trail impact. In essence, low impact accessory gear is a win win situation for both comfort and the environment. This is the essence of the concept that evolved into the wooden hiking stick with rounded carbide wear point.
These images show trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, USA. In these rocky, uneven footing conditions a hiking stick is most useful. Although these trails are in good conditions, some of the most scenic trails in the wilderness and rocky approaches are now hopelessly scratched by the effect of of aggressively sharp tips of modern hiking poles. Older trails (some that have existed for hundreds of years) have been carefully conserved and maintained over the decades only to become defaced by the use of modern poles.
This is the working end of the Kingfisher hiking stick. A rugged assembly with ultra hard tungsten carbide tip takes abrasion and impact. This carbide point is engineered with a broad, rounded profile for unmatched durability. It is substantial and beefy but, most importantly, this point is not sharp or edged, like that of modern telescoping poles. The Kingfisher hiking stick point will do much less damage to fragile environments and will have less tendency to leave ugly pock marks in rock formations that make up so many wilderness trails.
The carbide tip is also available separately see accessory carbide tip
The overall performance the rounded point of the Kingfisher Hiking Stick is hardly less effective in gripping ability than a sharp pointed metal pole and there is far less potential to accidentally jab yourself or those hiking behind you. With the reassurance added by the hiking stick it is possible to cover much more ground, avoid the use of sharp aggresive metal poles and rely less on the the heavy, supportive boots that are so hard on vegetation and soil.