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Barefoot Training and Hiking: Observations and Experiences
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Stephen Burgess

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Barefoot Training and Hiking: Observations and Experiences on 05/02/2012 23:53:12 MDT Print View

I've been busy in the editing room and just posted this Vidcast on my blog. Here's the intro:

As an older runner and fastpacker (57) I share my thoughts on my transition to barefoot running, it's relationship to Kendo and hiking in barefoot shoes. I plug Luna sandals as my choice in barefoot running, biking and hiking (I purchased my sandals and have no relationship with the company). Hopefully these observations and experiences can help anyone who is considering transitioning or trying barefoot technique; however, understand I am no expert and this video is not meant to dispense advice. Advice seekers would do well to scope out qualified trainers. My background includes multiple marathons, ultras and over 25 years of fastpacking (hiking more than 20 miles per day).

Please note my caveat that I AM NO EXPERT and am simply sharing my experiences and thoughts, geared toward the older runners/hikers out there. Those seeking help and/or advice should contact a qualified trainer. The transition in the training has worked well for me...I remain injury and pain free. However, I am uncertain whether I will be able to use minimalist footwear in more strenuous hikes (I am attempting a sub 36-hour Wonderland Trail hike later this year) and I discuss this in my video. I hope this can be of benefit to anyone considering transitioning, especially in the realm of hiking and/or backpacking.