[pct-l] Hiking Barefoot?

Nathaniel Morse alwaysanguine at gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 13:37:46 CDT 2011

Hey, Thanks so much! this was really to the point. one question. The Scissors
Crossing/San Felipe Hills section... Is it a good/the best representation of
the cactus-y sections?  And if the worst rock parts are in central Oregon, I
can deal with that. :) I live near there, and have hiked there a bit. Do
the huaraches rub on your feet at all? I have yet to try them... were the
wilid roses tearing at your leg, or the top of your foot? Thanks so much!

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 10:38 AM, Diane Soini of Santa Barbara Hikes <
diane at santabarbarahikes.com> wrote:

> There isn't really that much cactus on the trail, but you might try
> hiking in the Scissors Crossing/San Felipe Hills section to see what
> it's like. The worst rocks on the trail were between the Sisters and
> Mt. Washington in Oregon.
> I think with really tough feet you could enjoy a barefoot experience
> under the forest canopy in the soft duff from about Sierra City
> northward to Canada with some off-and-on donning of at least sandals
> for the rockier or hotter sections or places with glaciers and
> glacier melt streams, road walks or other unpleasant areas. The
> barefoot sisters hiked the Appalachian trail barefoot, wearing shoes
> in a section with snow and ice. The AT is mostly under the forest
> canopy, and most of Northern California, Oregon and Washington have
> nice forest canopy, too.
> http://www.barefoothikers.org/barefoot-sisters.html
> Yesterday I hiked almost 14 miles wearing a pair of homemade huarache
> sandals. It was a delightful experience, but things like wild roses
> tearing at my skin were not too pleasant, and some unexpected poodle
> dog bush could have caused a big problem if I hadn't noticed it
> immediately.
> On Sep 5, 2011, at 10:00 AM, pct-l-request at backcountry.net wrote:
> > What would be the worst sections as far as cactus, and rock?
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