A hiking pole is a versatile tool that can quickly become indispensable.
Camping and hiking through the wilderness has challenges that must be experienced to be fully realized.
A hiking pole can be used for a multitude of tasks. A few example are; hanging your jacket, pole vaulting over creeks, a cooking pot hanger, a shelter support, for pushing a canoe through a shallow marsh or river and as a crude fishing pole. Heck, you can even use it as a monopod for a camera.
They are simple to make and fun to use.
Please do not cut live trees to make your hiking pole.
The one in this video was dead stand.
Always test the pole prior to working on it. Make sure it can bear your weight. It would be relatively embarrassing if you pole vaulted across a creek only to end up swimming.
Have fun and keep on hiking!