Until recently I had an office in Utah and spent a lot of weekends both in the mountains and the desert.
I have found as I have gotten older that my sense of balance isn't what it once was and my quickness to recover has slowed.
Add to that problem that in the desert there is a distinct lack of things like trees to grab onto. (Cactus is not a good alternative)
Most of that time I was alone and I found I was not going places I wanted to go simply because I was a little uncomfortable. It was limiting my enjoyment. I would go to abandoned mining operations but not get into the bowels were I really wanted to be.
As a result I bought some hiking staffs from Cabelas (Lehi was only 15 minutes from where I lived)---and I was like a kid left out for recess
I could and did go about anywhere I wanted without concern.
They have the added bonus of being fully adjustable for length and will collapse small enough to fit in a suitcase.
I now have staffs stashed in the trucks and cars as well as by the door at the cabin--and extras for guests.
Cabelas currently have my favorite on sale.
This year during rifle season I actually used one on a few occasions.