1. Scott
    Scott August 2, 2016 at 8:08 am

    A well broken in pair of boots helps too!
    I always remember going on a long hike in scouts with my brand new boots.
    I had so many hot spots after the first few miles, it felt like there were coals burning in each boot.

  2. Kerosene
    Kerosene August 3, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I’m a big proponent for using heat-moldable insoles in place of the removable insoles that come with boots. If you size up to accommodate these insoles (plus inevitable foot swelling after a few weeks of hiking) then your feet and other parts of your body will thank you.

    I’m with the trail runner crowd with regard to waterproof boots though: I don’t use them for anything more than an overnighter. First, they will eventually get wet, despite your gaiters and rain pants, after which they can take days to fully dry out. Second, my feet sweat a lot more in waterproof boots, which raises the heat and humidity you need to avoid on your feet. Of course, YMMV!

  3. Rudy Turk
    Rudy Turk August 5, 2016 at 7:02 am

    My boy scout troop uses Leukotape-p to pretape and also to treat blisters. We also require new hikers to use thin liner socks with thick outer socks. The liner sock tends to bond lightly with the Leukotape and create a slip surface between the two socks. If your feet are clean when first applied, Leukotape will last 2 to 4 weeks, enduring swimming, showers, and 20+ miles /day. Moleskin lasts longer with Leukotape reinforcement.
    When using trail runners, I tend to roll my ankles. Leukotape stopped that.

  4. Diane
    Diane August 6, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Aloha Ray,
    Great info that I have shared with my hiking buddies. We are hiking the High Sierra loop in a couple of weeks. Wanted to share that a good pedicure is important. I always carry a pair of clippers for that pesty sharp nail that can really cause some irritation.

    Take good care, happy hiking!

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