User Review: Columbia Cathedral Peak
Price Paid: $29.95
I bought this staff from Smoky Mountain Knife Works at least 5 years ago and have been looking for more like it, since. It weighs a bit more than trekking poles, but only the minimalist ultralight backpacker may care.
This is not really a trekking pole, as it is a staff that houses a very sharp knife and includes an interchangeable saw blade and contains a nice compass in the cap of a hollow handle that can hold a lighter/matches, fire starting materials, water purification tablets, and/or other small survival items.
When I originally had received this item at work, my co-workers laughed and bet me the saw wouldn't cut through a 2x4. They stopped laughing when one of them cut through a 2x4 in less than 20 seconds and the saw showed no sign of stress.. This staff is very heavy-duty and will help even the heaviest of hikers and will hold an ultralight tarp in the most extreme conditions.
I'm very happy to have found this staff as a different brand (it must have been private label/oem made for Columbia) on a different website. It can now be found on the budk website and is branded as United Cutlery, for a very discounted well-worth-it price.