[Cdt-l] Wet foot = Cold foot / vapour barriers etc

Jack Richardson jackrichardson at roadrunner.com
Tue Jan 19 16:47:42 CST 2010

My 2¢

The AT was done with a pair of Vasque Sundowners (Italian made) and  
the PCT was done with Merrell Moab Ventilator low cut trail shoes and  
mid cut from the Sierras on. Loved both of them for their purpose.

The CDT has different challenges and I expect to combine the footwear  
to fit the situation. Merrell's in NM and Sundowners the rest of the  
trip. But... a Gortex mid cut fabric boot might be a choice. Have not  
done much snow step kicking with the trail shoe though.

NOBO mid April


On Jan 19, 2010, at 4:39 PM, <ned at pacificcrestcustombuilders.com> wrote:

> I respect everyone else's experience and advice on this thread. But  
> for some reason I question, why hasn't anyone spoken a counterpoint?  
> So, here it is...
> On the pct and cdt I never had these problems of wet and cold feet,  
> unless I had just walked through a glacial-fed creek. So, what did I  
> do that hikers these days (as opposed to 1974 and 1980,  
> respectively) don't do?
> I can only imagine that it is the full-grain leather boots and liner  
> and wool socks I wore. Cold feet is not a given. Go out in the worst  
> of weather in the gear and footwear of your choice and decide for  
> yourself what works best for you to solve this "problem." Start by  
> taking other people's experienced advice, but don't stop there. Test  
> all advice to see if it works for you. We're not all the same. This  
> way you'll be better prepared for your trip and have a happier and  
> safer time out there.
> I've been teaching snow-travel skills to hikers since 1982 and have  
> not had cold feet yet, but maybe that's just me....
> Mtnned
> Mountain Education
> South Lake Tahoe, Ca
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Chris Sanderson
> To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:38 AM
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Wet foot = Cold foot / vapour barriers etc
> I have come to accept that having cold, wet feet is a given on a  
> long-distance trail.  It is certainly a reason not to romanticize  
> the trail too much.  I had some "water proof socks" for Colorado and  
> the Gila, and my feet still felt like blocks of ice.  One simply has  
> to deal with it.  Have fun out there in 2010!
> Peace,
> Freefall
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