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Outdoors for Kids: Wading staff helps on mountain streams
JOHN POTTER/Gazette Staff

There’s nothing that will cool a kid off faster on a hot summer day than wading in a cold mountain stream.

Mountain streams, fed by the waters from melting snow in the high country, run clear and cold – even on a hot summer day. Kids are attracted to them as if they were a magnet.

But anytime you’re wading a stream or river, you’ve got to be careful.

Underwater rocks and sand make for sometimes-slippery footing. The push of fast-flowing water pushes hard against your legs and can carry you downstream if you slip and fall.

One of the best things you can take along to help you when you splash in a stream is a wading staff. It’s nothing more than a long, sturdy stick you can use to steady yourself as you cross streams or play in them.

A wading staff can double as a hiking stick and some kids even take them home with them at the end of their trip to the mountains. They help you remember what a great time you had on that hot summer day when you were wading and splashing in a mountain stream. – Mark Henckel, Gazette Outdoor Editor

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