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    Taking Care Of Your Feet In the Mountains!

    This looks far worse than what it actually is, however taking care of your feet in the mountains is a very big deal.


    My rules for taking care of my feet are:

    1. Mole skin, always have some.
    2. Duct tape when necessary, it makes a difference.
    3. Get the socks and boots dry as often as possible.

    What do you do to take care of your feet?

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    If you are prone to blisters try Leukotape it is very thin and will greatly decrease the chance of getting blisters. It will stay where you put it for a week. Just use a piece that will wrap from ankle to ankle. Once you get blisters its to late . (Ask me how I know.) Then mole skin will help. A combination of a good sock and a good fitting boot is the best place to start. I always take my boots off at lunch and let them and my feet breath. Then I exchange socks before I put my boots on. Keeping feet dry is really important. Find a lacing technique that will keep your heel in the heel cup . This will also keep your twos from driving into the toe of the boot. I think coming down steep grade slopes is far harder on your feet than going up!
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    Staying hydrated prevents blisters , when hunting and backing packing in , I always try to use cornstarch and keep my feet dry. I change sock often and never wear new socks unless they are washed first.. Wearing good comfortable boots that are properly fitted and broken in are a must. I rarely ever have blister problems when I do these things. Some people are more prone to blisters than others, even when doing these things.
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    I get my feet out of my boots as soon as I get back to camp (whether Im backpacking in or not). I then put on a pair of Crocs or camp shoes. I know a lot of people roll their eyes at camp shoes, but I hiked in the rain (at least once a day it rained) for 2.5 weeks in the Appalachian Mountains and my feet did not get as bad as you would think.

    -Wash them when you can
    -Let them breath as often as you can
    -Extra merino wool socks
    -lite weight camp shoes

    I also carry some mole skin just in case.

    Like CrossCreeks said, proper boots seem to deter a lot of foot issues. Sadly I learned this the hard way many many years ago.

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    I keep mine as dry as possible, with snug fitting boots. The most important thing AT Hiker touched on was letting them breathe. Any time I stop for a few minutes, I'll take my boots off to air dry my socks and boots a little. That dry mountain air can help get a lot of moisture off your feet in a short amount of time. If I do get a hotspot, duct tape seems to help a little.
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    I always remove my boots in warm weather to let my feet breath and dry out if I am hiking a lot. I will bring a spare set of socks as well but usually don't need them until the next morning for the hike back. I also dry out the old pair when I switch them out. I always wax the crap out of my boots before a hunt when rain,snow or water crossings could happen so my feet usually stay dry. Mole skin has helped me before on a ID elk hunt with new boots that weren't quite broke in. Won't do that again.
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    Goldbond Menthal Foot powder does a great job drying your feet, and keeping them in shape during long trips. I have also found that if you can wash your socks in a stream and get some of the oil/grime out of them it will prolong their ability to protect your feet from friction.

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    Blisters on my feet have only been an issue a few times for me, I have found good fitting/broken-in boots are a must.

    I have a bigger issues with skin irritation on other parts of my body, if you know what I mean....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberstalker View Post
    I have a bigger issues with skin irritation on other parts of my body, if you know what I mean....
    Gold bond menthal works great for this too. It will literally take your breath away.

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    Bag Balm and Udder-Wise, which are widely used in the dairy industry, will protect your feet from drying and cracking. I also found them helpful in preventing blisters, as well as being good for dry cracked hands. Will probably help with the nether regions too.
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