Hiking Staffs & Medallions
Roy Klebe produces hiking staffs and hiking staff medallions in Europe and Asia and imports them to the U.S. under his brand name – Hike America.
In 1988, Roy discovered a long standing tradition in Europe of collecting medallions on hiking staffs. After his hiking trip in the Swiss Alps he was inspired to introduce this unique tradition to the U.S.
An Ancient Craft
The use and ownership of a staff is almost as old as man. Over the centuries they have been used for walking, hunting and fighting. Archaeologists have discovered intricately carved staffs buried with their owners in ancient tombs. Staffs became extremely fashionable this century and were collected and used by many famous people. Winston Churchill was a great collector, as were many of the crowned heads of Europe. Merchants used to smuggle spice, silkworms and other valuables in hollowed out staffs. Thumbsticks have also been in use for centuries and many old prints and etchings show them as both telescope and musket rests. Shepherd crooks are predominantly used for herding and controlling sheep along with cattle and chickens.