Hiking, how important ARE your feet?
Hiking long distance
In 2013 my husband and I started hiking about 650 Km’s. We still argue about the exact distance but I am rounding up. It seemed much further. But on the trip, we learned exactly how important it is to take care of your feet. Blisters, cuts and just understandable pain from walking all day. These are the hot topics of conversation at the hostel each evening. How do you take care of blisters, break them, thread them, cover them up or leave them alone? Personally, I am a fan of the threading. Take a needle and thread and go through the middle of the blister. Don’t break it but leave the thread in to drain then cover with a band-aid.
So after this long walk, we both came back with sore feet. We figured that with some time they would heal. I mean my toenails eventually grew back:). But it has been a year and we both have foot problems that won’t go away. Furthermore, we are dealing with potential surgery, so yes your feet are the most important on any walk and you should take care of them.
Hiking Peru, now I know better!
As I look ahead to our climb in Peru I think, well its only 4 days. Straight uphill this time but this time. More than ever I plan to have the best shoes possible along with some orthopedic insoles.
I think traveling by train may be in our future.
“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes”.