[pct-l] Chaffing Skin in the Desert

Josh 559josh at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 21:32:08 CDT 2009

I decided to educate myself a little bit instead of just assuming I knew
how/why I have gotten chaffed in the past.  Here's what I found:

"Any activity that requires skin to repeatedly rub against skin can lead to
chafing. And moisture, either from sweat or rain, makes the problem worse."

"Slip into something slippery. In areas of repeated chafing-such as the
inner thighs or groin or under the arms or breasts-you can cut down on
friction by dusting on some powder, says Dr. Dvorine. Ointments-such as
Vaseline, Noxzema, zinc oxide ointment and cortisone cream-can likewise help
intimately close areas of skin slip past each other."


I'm still trying to figure-out how a skirt would be a good thing unless one
was hiking in a place where the humidity was high enough to where the
primary cause of chaffing was from "standing" sweaty skin as opposed to
chaffing caused by friction.  It seems that something like bikers shorts &
Body Glide in the butt crack would be the way to go rather than bare inner
thighs starting a friction fire under a kilt.


-----Original Message-----
From: brian at ancientbrit-adventures.com
[mailto:brian at ancientbrit-adventures.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 2:27 PM
To: Josh
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Chaffing Skin in the Desert

Brian Johnson
9 Barnaby Close
Wiltshire SP5 3NX
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Hi Josh

The idea is to avoid anything causing the chafing. This includes things like
your zips and seams on your bike shorts. Sweaty underpants can cause chafing
in the crutch area. It doesn't matter what solution you use but prevention
is far better than trying to cure once you have problems.

With skirt, kilt or breach-clout worn without underclothes there should be
nothing to chafe and the increased ventilation would help avoid getting

By coincidence, some friends have just emailed me suggesting I wear a kilt
when I through-hike this year. (They won't have seen the post)

Ancient Brit

----- Original Message -----
From: "Josh" <559josh at gmail.com>
To: <brian at ancientbrit-adventures.com>; <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 9:15 PM
Subject: RE: [pct-l] Chaffing Skin in the Desert

>I don't have ANY experience wearing skirts, but I pretty much though that
> chaffing was MAINLY caused by friction & lack of humidity, and only
> exacerbated by constant moisture (sweat)...if this truly is the case, I'm
> not sure how wearing a skirt would help here. ???
> Josh
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
> On Behalf Of brian at ancientbrit-adventures.com
> Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 8:08 AM
> To: pct-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: Re: [pct-l] Chaffing Skin in the Desert
> If you are worried about chafing skin inside the thighs perhaps you could
> show more imagination or daring with your choice of clothing.
> An increasing number of ladies are hiking in skirts and a few men have
> through-hiked in kilts. For the daring the old indian breach-clout could
> be
> an idea.
> If these garments are worn without underpants you will get plenty of
> ventilation and chafing should be a minimum.
> Ancient Brit
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net
>> [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
>> On Behalf Of Pat Wormington
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:04 PM
>> To: pct-l at backcountry.net
>> Subject: [pct-l] Chaffing Skin in the Desert
>> While packing my pack I started thinking about the chaffing I
>> experienced in the Desert.  I have hiked almost all of the PCT and
>> nowhere else on the PCT will you experience such dry air as Southern
>> CA and chaffing problems.
>> The
>> inside of my thighs were rubbed raw by the seams of my zip-offs.  I
>> wore bike shorts under my pants, and my light long johns inside out at
> night.
>> The seams were too painful against my skin.
>> Almost There...............Jollylopper
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