I've been playing with trekking poles for a while, but I think I'm going to be using a staff for a while. I carved this one with a (not yet completed) bears head on the end and added a wrist strap trekking pole style. I also added a screw in to the bottom and then sharpened it a bit so the staff wouldn't slip. A staff is strong enough to hold up one side of a hammock. This one is a little bent and still holds up fine. I use Constrictor hitches to attach the hammock to the staff and the lines that run to the sides are 1 single rope also attached with a constrictor. I have yet to find a place I can't hang, but I want to have a few tricks just in case.