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Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Plantar fasciitis, boots, and the sawyer squeeze on 09/04/2013 09:53:07 MDT Print View

But Jen those things all require WORK! people want pills, magic beans and voodoo to fix their problems while staying lazy.

-soon to be former athletic trainer. hopefully soon to be xray tech.

Heath Poulter
(hpoulter) - M

Locale: Southwest
Re on 09/04/2013 09:58:02 MDT Print View

My problem is when I got the initial injury in February I didn't follow the doctors advice and continued to run 25+ miles a week on it, didn't stretch like I was told and didn't go to PT as much as I should. I finally did what I was told to do in July and so I have been wearing orthotics 24/7 because I didn't follow the doctors orders and made my foot worse. I am back in PT soon and hopefully now that I am using the orthotics, going to PT and wearing the night splint my foot will finally heal. I just didn't want to admit that I had an injury and it only made it worse. I get my orthotics at the VA so I don't pay for them. They have helped my foot heal tremendously and as I said before I am following the doctors orders this time until my foot heals properly. In my doctors defense she hasn't said I need to be in boots or orthotics permanently just until my foot heals then its manageable wearing a night splint and doing proper stretching during the day. She said I needed to be in boots and wear orthotics because my foot was injured. If I could find a lighter boot or shoe that fit my feet I would love to try them And again I have really wide Hobbit feet and I have literally tried on 100's of shoes and have only found 3 different shoes that fit, none of the trail shoes, day hikers, minimal shoes fit my feet the toe box and midfoot are too small and crush my midfoot and toes. The only boots I found that fit my feet were the Asolo.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry on 09/04/2013 10:51:32 MDT Print View

I refrained from posting on this thread, as it is the same sequence repeated over and over here on BPL. Lightening the kit at first about NOT taking things you really don't need, especially duplicate items for just in case situations, rather than lighter equipment. Once you remove the unnecessary junk, the next step is to scrutinize each piece of gear that is truly necessary.

It is a bad idea to buy a bunch of new gear. Better to replace items one by one, with an eye on how each one fits into a complete "system."

I guess I was fortunate because my military survival training was focused in surviving without any gear. So for me, light minimal gear has always been a luxury in my head.

Heath Poulter
(hpoulter) - M

Locale: Southwest
Re on 09/04/2013 11:50:47 MDT Print View

I am not looking to survive without any gear as this isn't a combat situation and I am backpacking also I never backpack alone. I have brought what I feel are necessary survival items if in the event of something unfortunate happening I get stranded or injured. But back on topic as I said from the get go I am not looking to purchase any new gear for at least the next year but it is nice to know what to look at and where to find it. I did purchase the Neo Air as it isn't a big purchase for me. More time in the backcountry is showing me how to refine and lighten my load and what is truly essential.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re on 09/04/2013 12:15:21 MDT Print View


I wasn't trying to be critical. Almost all of us here on BPL have a focus on reducing weight while being warm, dry and safe. How each individual does it is different. I did say it is bad idea to just go out and buy a bunch of gear.

Reducing weight (safely) is an ongoing process that takes time, if done properly. And I agree with your statement that more time in the back country is showing you how to refine and lighten your load... that is the answer.

At the top of the BPL main pages is a saying, "Pack less. Be more." I disagree with this 100%. To me it is "Hike more. You will become more." If people hike more they will figure out the less part, which is driven by experience.

One of the problems here on BPL, is the evangelical preaching of light. I am against that mindset, however if someone asks for opinions I have no problem giving mine.

For more thoughts on the religion, Maybe we should mind our own business.

Backpacking isn't about gear, it is about the wilderness experience. If the gear is too heavy for the individual, they will figure it out.

Anyway keep hiking and share your journey of "refining and lightening." It takes time, but the focus should be on the fun you are having on the trail, not the fun of playing with a scale.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Plantar fasciitis, boots, and the sawyer squeeze on 09/04/2013 12:25:12 MDT Print View

Jennifer: Thanks for the informative post. Sometimes, it takes a thoughtful person within a profession to give some perspective. When you're selling orthotics (hammers), everyone looks like a nail / they need it ? I suspect you, me, and my MD wife have similar thoughts on opiates versus exercise and weight lose for back pain. But, boy, some docs develop a very loyal following writing scripts. I know my wife would vastly prefer the patient whose goal was, "to increase my mobility while reducing my opiate use" but when she explains how she'll be tapering them off, they often shop for another doc. I'm guessing you'd enjoy working with a patient who said upfront, "I've been in these orthonics/braces forever, can we work at weaning me off of them?"

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry" on 09/04/2013 13:41:48 MDT Print View


Edited by book on 09/04/2013 13:44:36 MDT.