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Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Serious miles, serious feet on 01/22/2011 14:42:23 MST Print View

I've seen that the #1 problem of backpackers on our Sierra Club trips is sore &/or blistered feet. Often I'm "Dr. Goodfoot" when it comes to serious blisters B/C I carry the community 1st aid kit & have Outdoor Emergency Care training (ski patroller).

The two best things for prevention of these problems are:

1. comfortable shoes or boots that are broken in and have good footbeds

2. well conditioned feet that have toughened soles from miles and miles of walking

A custom fit footbed (insole) seems to help most of all when conditioning feet. If anything it reduces the amount of foot conditioning needed by 1/4.

And the #2 complaint seemd to be sore shoulders. All I can say is be sure to carry a daypack of about 15 lbs. on conditioning hikes. A good 10 mile hike is necessary once a week for several weeks before the backpacking trip of 5 to 8 days. Plus a few 5 mile hikes during the week also help a lot to maintain foot sole toughness.

Eric Swab

Locale: Rockies
Serious miles, serious feet on 01/23/2011 21:49:55 MST Print View

I will agree that feet over anything seem to be mileage limitation. The book "Fixing your feet" by John Vonof has a lot of good foot tips related to backpacking.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
tuff foot on 01/23/2011 23:18:51 MST Print View

Anywhere here try it/use it?

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Thanks on 01/25/2011 00:05:37 MST Print View

Thanks guys for the links.