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Not so happy feet?

By |May 15th, 2015|2015 posts, Adventure school, Current, PCT|Comments Off on Not so happy feet?

Having foot issues? As many hikers set out on their thru-hiking season I keep hearing about tragic foot pain. In an effort to reduce some of the tears, I wanted to share a few things that have worked well for my persnickety feet.
Rinse The Grit Away
Try carrying two pairs of socks. Switch them mid-day, and rinse the morning pair out. If you have extra water, give your feet a mid-day wash too. During the dry desert sections just whack the heck out of your socks to get the dust out instead of washing them with your precious water. I still switch them anyway, and wash them near the next water source- remember- don’t wash them directly in the water sources!!! Yuck- toe funk in your water-Eeeeew!

I find that washing my socks regularly helps them last miles and miles longer (like 150-300miles longer!), and keeps my feet happier.

Take Your Shoes Off!

One of my other foot care secrets is to have at least two breaks a day when my shoes come off, my insoles are pulled out & shaken off, and my feet & shoes can have some time apart. I usually give myself a foot massage & elevate them on my pack. Chilling in that lounging reclining position for a bit seems to really help my body get a better rest & lets my feet deflate a bit.

Keep ’em clean with Dirty Girls

Using lightweight gaiters (like Dirty Girl Gaiters) can help keep grit & seeds out of your socks & shoes. Blisters can be caused by dirt creating friction between your skin and the shoe wall, sometimes called the “pearl of pain”. Gaiters can help keep those friction causing agents at bay, but thick gaiters can […]

Welcome Trailside Radio!

By |April 28th, 2015|Current|Comments Off on Welcome Trailside Radio!

    Trailside Radio Episode 2: Talking With Wired
There is a new hiking podcast on the scene! Erin “Wired” Saver and myself are featured on episode 2. Give it a listen & be sure to follow along as Ratatouille broadcasts from his hike of the Pacific Crest Trail this summer.
A bit more about meeting Trailside Radio:

 A couple months ago I discovered episode one of Trailside Radio and instantly became stoked on the idea. Trailside Radio’s host, Ratatouille, was proposing to do something I’ve always thought would be a great way to capture the thruhiking experience. He is planning on making a weekly audio podcast during his Pacific Crest Trail thruhike this summer. His first episode was a collage of voices sharing their perspective on the PCT, along with Ratatouille’s mom chatting about instilling a love for the outdoors and adventure in her son. Radio is my favorite medium, and hiking is my favorite way of being. A podcast about hiking is a perfect combo. I was impressed with Rattatouile’s creative and fresh approach, not to mention the guts he has to record, edit, and post from the trail.

A few days after hearing episode one, my friend Condor introduced me to Ratatouille, who was on a short trip to Bend to collect interviews for his new podcast. I was busy packing for my work season in the Mojave, but decided to set down the water jugs and solar installation projects long enough to peddle down to the Crux Brewery to chat with Trailside Radio. Ratatouille asked interesting questions, and despite the wind, background music, and highway noise, he walked away with some audio for episode 2.

I met Erin “Wired” Saver at the ALDHA West Cascade Ruck […]

Backpack Gear Tour

By |April 25th, 2015|Current|Comments Off on Backpack Gear Tour

Come check out my backpack tour. This video is about 20 minutes long, and I go into detail about why I brought what I brought on the Bigfoot Trail. I explain things like my layering system, water treatment, shelter and sleep systems, and everything else that makes up my gear for a 400 mile summer walk.

Choose Gear Wisely
Nothing weighs nothing, but some things are essential to bring with you on a journey. Even if you aren’t shooting for an ultralight backpack, there are always a few items you can change or ditch. My hope with this movie is to share my packing process and shed some light on what I bring and what can be done without.

If you want more help whittling down your gear, please contact me at

Bigfoot Trail Alliance Kickstarter!

By |January 30th, 2015|Current|Comments Off on Bigfoot Trail Alliance Kickstarter!

Join the Bigfoot Trail Alliance
Michael Kauffmann fired up the Bigfoot Trail’s first Kickstarter to help fund the humble beginnings of this trail alliance & the creation of a new map set. There are some great incentives for contributing to the Bigfoot Kickstarter, including stickers, a wall map of the trail, and downloads of the new map set. Listen to this Jefferson Public Radio interview to learn all about the Bigfoot Trail, the Kickstarter campaign, and the trail alliance.

At the heart of the Bigfoot Trail is education.
The Bigfoot Trail travels through an incredibly ecologically diverse region of California & Southern Oregon. The guidebook is structured as a scavenger hunt for trees, which act as an entry point for noticing the natural world you will walk through on the BFT. On the Bigfoot Trail, FKT’s are not the goal. Slowest Known Times & visiting all 31 tree species along the way are the commendable feats. This trail’s culture captures that John Muir spirit of outrageous enthusiasm for the natural world.

Establishing a trail alliance will help the Bigfoot Trail grow with direction and purpose.
With the PCT feeling crowded these days, and other trails in the Sierras reaching their permit quotas months ahead of time, hikers are in need of new places to roam. The Bigfoot Trail is hidden in a quiet and often ignored part of Norther California. The landscape and rugged nature of the BFT eases my fears of seeing this new trail become overrun and crowded. In Northern California there are some unique land use issues (illegal growing) that could be alleviated by increased foot traffic. It would be wonderful to see the Bigfoot Trail land on lists of classic thru-hikes.


To read about my time on the […]