thru-hiking

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.┬áDuring 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 […]

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 info@sageclegg.com

Blisters 101

By |January 29th, 2015|2015 posts, Adventure school, Current|Comments Off on Blisters 101


 Blisters 101: Learn 3 tips to tape blisters & hot spots
This is a short lesson on foot care and blister taping. Recently on a ski trip in the cascades I develpoed a hot spot in the side of my foot. There are 3 tips I wanted to share that work well for my feet, and hopefully help you next time you start feeling the beginnings of a blister. I explain more in the video, but here’s a summary:

1) Put something soft over the blister or hotspot (like the fuzzy side of the mole skin, a bit of the non-sticky side of medical tape, gauze, or a bandaid

2) Lay the tape as flat & smooth as possible

3) Round edges in high friction zones & smash tape to skin
Youtube Adventure School in 2015
One of my New Years resolutions is to start sharing more tips & tricks about adventuring. I worked as a backpacking instructor for many years & miss teaching dearly. I’m hoping that I will learn to teach to a camera at least half as well as I used teach people in person. My goal is to share some of the knowledge I have gleaned over my past few years of walking.┬áBlisters 101 is my first YouTube lesson of 2015, enjoy!

If you have questions or comments email me, comment on my YouTube channel, or contact Sage Clegg Adventures on Facebook.

12 Gifts For Hikers, Day 4

By |December 15th, 2014|12 Gifts, 2014 posts, Current|Comments Off on 12 Gifts For Hikers, Day 4

12 Days of Trail Gifts For Under $50
Gift 4: Feet Treats

Feet are on the front line of any hike. Their condition and comfort can make or break an adventure, and there are a few things you can give your hiker’s feet to make them more likely to be stoked about being pounded into the ground for thousands of miles.
Dirty Girl Gaiters add sparkle as well as blister protection! These lightweight gaiters cover the opening of the shoe and the neck of the sock to prevent dirt, rocks, stickers, & bees from flopping in as you walk. Before getting a pair of these I had to wear my shoes really loosely and dump the rocks out at every break. Now my feet are less dirty at the end of the day, and I rarely have debris pile up in my shoe. My socks stay cleaner & last longer because they aren’t as gritty. If you can’t tell, I LOVE these gaiters. I’m guessing your hiker will too. You can choose from a bunch of fun patterns (they remind me of 80’s rollerskating rink outfits), and I bet she’d make up a custom pair if you found the perfect purple unicorn glitter print that she doesn’t have in stock.

Plantars Facsiitis Sleeves from Feetures! help keep my plantars Facsiitis from getting out of hand on the trail. If your hiker suffers from this form of foot misery this is a gift that has the power to turn a whole hike around. I wear mine each night as I sleep, and along with foot strengthening exercises, my PF no longer has me hobbling down the trail.

Socks!! We hikers trash socks, we need socks, we love socks! I like […]