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I'm 2/3 of the way done with my thru hike of the Superior trail (north shore of Lake Superior), with only 50 miles to go. I jumped off to attend my first ever class reunion this coming Saturday.
The biggest difficulty was foot problems. Blisters were a nuisance, but they responded well to incising and draining, applying a little antibiotic ointment, duct tape and some Native American chants I learned long ago. Within two days the blisters were replaced by calluses.
I'm talking about bone bruises. I swear that at the end of the day my feet genuinely hated me. Does anyone have any "foot toughening" treatments that might prevent this problem? I thought of walking barefoot outside, soaking them, etc, etc, but I really don't know what to do. If necessary I can live with the problem, but with all the collective wisdom in TT land I'm sure there's an answer. Thanks.”
“Colin Fletcher used to clean his feet with rubbing alcohol on his long walks. He said it toughened up his feet. I would think a really good foot powder like the blue Gold Bond stuff could help some.
A trick the thru hikers on the AT have used and lived by is eating Tums...LOTS of Tums. I read one jounal and the guys swore by it.”
“Wondered where you got off to.
So are you talking foot pain? My foot pain (other than blister-related) pretty much ended when I got Superfeet.”
“Tums are loaded with calcium, makes sense.”
“You can actually poison yourself with Tums, so be careful. You have to eat a lot of them, but I've heard tales.”
“ oops. sorry.”
“I would think that at the rate you use up nutrients on the trail it'd pretty hard to kill yourself eatting tums. Turds maybe, but not tums.”
“Hell you could kill yourself from drinking too much water as well.”
“... or runaway underlining.”
“Nice going on the hike. I assume you're eating, sleeping and drinking in the lodges all the way. Have you met any nice chicks?
Problems with the feet? You're too young! Wait until you're my age. You'll never notice any foot problem. Too many other aches and pains will keep you occupied!
I used Mole Skin years ago, when I had a few problems. I always carry some with me. But for years I have only used it to help other people. Duct tape is a good alternative. I buy Walmart boots that fit with a little extra space to permit my feet to swell and to hold my orthopedic inserts. (My feet are are not matched.) Then I wear thick, wool socks over nylon liners. It works for me.
Have fun at the class reunion. But watch out for those native americans. I don't want to have to come up there to bail you out!”
“Tannic acid from the drug store. It'll toughen your feet. The guy who was the first to thru-hike the AT, I forgot his name. He put sand in his boots to toughen his feet.”
“That's the dude!”
“I don't think turds will kill you either. My dog eats them all the time. Maybe it's the dog turds that are non-fatal.”
“take nowslimmer, go to an Indian casino, get in a fight... while nowslimmer is taken away to jail, YOU make sure you're taken to try the ancient "walking over hot coals" torture trick. C'mon, you KNOW they only say it hurts cuz they wanna see you cry. Toughen up!
“There are products used to toughen dogs pads for winter travel, also a soak in giood old fermeldadyhde is supposed to work.
Check out the book called "fixing your feet", there is also a website by the same name I think.”
I know it ain't for everyone, but....
“I hike in my Chacos....I never got a blister or stubbed my toe. I learned how to walk properly and they toughened up my muscles so I never twist an ankle.
It works for me.”
“Thanks for the help folks. I ordered the book.
Lizs - How can you talk that way to your younger brother. I'm telling Mom.”
“Shaddup, bro. Does anyone else wonder why Snake Eyes is SUPPOSEDLY hiking the SHT, meanwhile, he's posting daily?? Hmmmmmm????
Have you walked the coals yet? Are your feet burn... I mean, toughed up?”
“Wi-Fi hotspots in the forest.”
“wish I could think of something to say here, SE, but I'm still a greenhorn at backpacking.
My feet are killing me having to stand for long periods of time at my new job. Now I remember why I wanted an office job. I hate retail! Come on School. I need to get my masters and get on w/ my life!”
here's what I've heard:
“Dog paw toughner
Suppose to be used by some eccochallenge teams. Don't ask me why though.”
“Lizs - Reunion is Saturday. I'm going back on Monday.
Silent J - these aren't hot spots in the sense of being precursors to blisters, more like bone bruises that are sensitive a week later. Everything, blisters and "bone bruises", (my term) are on the left foot which is the extremity most affected by the slipped disc. Nothing on the right. Also, this hike is sort of prepatory to a planned '05 AT thru hike and it just makes sense to fix it now if it is something that can be fixed. If not, it will slide into the category of that which must be endured. Thanks.”
“You ordered a book for your stinking feet!!!! About the only way that will help toughen your feet is if you walked to the Post Office.
Sis is right. You took a week off the trail for a three-hour reunion. 'pears to me that you could have finished the trail and still made it to the reunion, Or maybe not. Well, at least you tried at an excuse.
Actually, you did better than I expected. I thought you would have returned long ago.”
“Welll...you're right about the post office, it's 20 miles away.”
“? No, a Wi-Fi hotspot is a place you can go and use wireless internet on your laptop free of charge. They've started putting them in at Starbucks. They're starting to pop up everywhere really. Now if they'd just put a Starbucks with a hotspot at every AT shelter we'd be set. Internet and latte after a hard days hike.”
“I had no idea what a Wi-Fi hot spot was, lol. I thought the Wi had something to do with Wisconsin and hot spot to do with the feet. If you look up "technology" in the dictionary I can promise you my picture will not be there. Thanks again.”
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