Feet – the Achilles Heel of Thru-Hiking, how we thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail without getting ANY blisters

Feet – the Achilles Heel of Thru-Hiking, how we thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail without getting ANY blisters

You know what’s crazy? I hiked 2,189.8 miles without EVER getting a blister. Not even one! You know what’s even more crazy? Neither did my hiking partner, my husband – Sunsets. We were on the trail for 179 days, taking 21 zero days, and did not change our system the whole way through. Sunsets’ shoe/sock system is slightly different than mine, so he’ll add a note at the bottom of this post, but otherwise we did everything else the same. (more…)

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Salomon’s Shoe Service is Solid as a Rock

Salomon’s Shoe Service is Solid as a Rock

I’m a Salomon type of Chica. 4 pairs in just under 2 years, in fact. I first tried the Salomon XMission3’s when I was training-hiking in Costa Rica, and then in Wisconsin. I started my AT NOBO (northbound) thru-hike with my 2nd pair of XMission3’s (March, 2017). About 860 miles into my thru-hike, I was ready for my 3rd pair. (more…)

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Sunsets’ Post Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

Sunsets’ Post Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

Chica recently posted her finalized and post-hike gear list. As per usual, I am a couple of weeks behind. Hey, you’re lucky I got off my butt and posted anything. I can be quite lazy. Below you will find my Appalachian Trail thru-hike gear list.

The list includes everything I started with, items I sent home and got back, as well as gear I sent home never to return. I also provide mini reviews and commentary where I have something to say. At a minimum I will let you know what gear I Loved, Liked, found Meh, or Hated.  (more…)

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Sock it to ya!

Sock it to ya!

Socks. Why are socks important in thru-hiking, or any long distance hiking? If you don’t have the right type of socks, you could develop hot spots that will form into blisters, and you will be miserable. For me (each person is different), this is what I’ve found that works best, at least so far, and is what I plan to do on our AT thru-hike. This is after MUCH research and talking to fellow thru-hikers.  The best book I read in my research is called “Fixing Your Feet.”

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