Yes, I barefoot hike. The first time I did it was for practical reasons because my shoes got wet. I loved the sense of direct contact with the ground so I kept it up, just carrying sneakers or FVVs in my pack in case the ground gets too cold or, rarely, too hot. I live in northern New England but have barefoot hiked in the western US as well, in Calif., Oregon and Colorado.It evokes a lot of curious stares from any passing hikers who look like this:and I look like this:
Here's a larger version of my profile photo. It was taken after hiking about six miles along the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park with a full load on my back. The AT is a little challenging and as I recall, I slapped my sandals on not long after this photo was taken - but still, barefoot hiking is probably one of the most enjoyable aspects of getting out into nature...
The large back pack must be hard on your heels after a while. That or you have super calves that allow you to toe-heel it.
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