A Poll, or Should That Be Pole

Tomorrow evening, I’m going up to the Alumni Shabbat at Hilltop. For those not familiar with Hilltop, this is a camp on the top of a mountain near Malibu, so I’ll be walking up and down hills. Late last year I tweaked my lower back (LJ friends only details): at times it is good; at times it can be sore. So here’s the question: Should I bring my ren-faire staff (about a 4½’ sturdy walking pole) with me for the hike to the chapel? [Facebook folk: Just give your opinion in the comments]