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  •  Many of the tips (3+ / 0-)
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    can also apply to regular camping, especially in remote areas; set up your base camp and explore the area each day.

    Hoping to get back in hiking shape this year; going to get a good pair of medium weight hiking boots in the next month or so. Wasn't aware of the no-cotton restriction on socks -- I have wide feet and really thick ankles so finding socks that work can be a challenge, but I'll take the extra effort.

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    by Cali Scribe on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 11:19:10 AM PST

    •  Thanks for posting, Cali Scribe. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      and there are plenty of proper socks to choose from wherever hiking and backpacking supplies and gear are sold. Wool is preferred in the kind of terrain I'm used to (mostly arid), and of course, I never leave home without liners. These lightly silk linings are easy to wash and dry out quickly, so the outer socks can be worn for an extra day or so. Of course, never wash socks in a stream, lake or river. Too much sediment, both visible and invisible. I, myself, prefer trail-running shoes, a decent pair, wide, of course, to boots. My feet-foot awareness, whatever it's called, tends to be okay with such and I don't need the stronger ankle support some hikers do. In any event, the terrain dictates the common sense of hiking anywhere. You sound like you have plenty of it.

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      by richholtzin on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 11:35:10 AM PST

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      •  Did quite a bit in my younger days, (1+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat

        as well as cross-country skiing (too chicken for downhill). For me, the ankle support is important; my left one is permanently weakened from an ankle sprain that never healed properly (it still turns quite easily if I'm not careful). There's a store that specializes in shoes for people with specific foot issues; my mother-in-law has a credit balance there (she'd ordered two pairs of shoes that didn't work after the guy who sold them to her assured her he knew what he was doing), so she's using it to get me and her sons (my spouse and his brother) good shoes, and I did see some hikers there that I think might work.

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        by Cali Scribe on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:04:20 PM PST

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