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Ask Me: How Do I Stop Getting Battered Toes When Hiking?

Ask Me: How Do I Stop Getting Battered Toes When Hiking?Originally posted at: https://thebigoutside.com/ask-me-how-do-i-stop-getting-battered-toes-when-hiking/

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Mike,

I know this is a really random question, but when descending mountain trails my big toes suffer immensely. Besides tying the laces up really tight, is there a trick to protecting them without losing a toenail or having them feel beat up?

Geoff
Rexburg, ID

Hi Geoff,

That’s not an uncommon problem. It’s probably that your boots don’t fit quite right. Does your heel or midfoot move around at all when you hike? Does your heel slip even the slightest? Do your toes slam into the front of the boots?

If you have narrow feet or the boots are otherwise just kind of wide or big for your feet, and your feet slip even slightly, over the course of several miles your toes can take a beating—especially going downhill, of course. One way to check the fit is to see whether, when you tighten the laces up, those laces are snugged about as tight as you can make them; in other words, you wouldn’t be able to snug the laces tighter over the boot no matter what size... Read More »

Video: A Yellowstone ‘Bison Jam’

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By Michael Lanza

It’s the coolest, most fascinating traffic jam you’ll ever get stuck in—if a little unnerving, too—and something of an iconic experience in the world’s first national park. On a visit to Yellowstone, after a couple of days of hiking, I was driving south between Mammoth and Norris on my way home when I got stuck in a line of vehicles stopped by a large herd of bison walking up the road. Yes, we were in a bison jam, and I captured it on this video.

I’ve visited and driven through Yellowstone National Park many times over the years, in all seasons. I’ve been stopped on a park road many times by herds of bison (it’s not that unusual) and by herds of humans parking right in the road to take photos of wildlife. (On this particular visit, in fact, I was driving north toward Tower Junction at dusk, after hiking Mount Washburn, when I ran into a line of cars whose drivers had stopped to shoot pictures of a large black bear grazing beside the road.)

I was even once cross-country skiing by myself in the Midway Geyser Basin area when I came upon a herd of hundreds of bison, filling the entire valley before me. When one of those behemoths suddenly starting sprinting straight at me, from a distance, I quickly looked at the only tree within a quarter-mile of me and wondered how quickly I could get my skis off and get up it. I got lucky that day: That bison inexplicably veered off in another direction. I’m not even sure whether it noticed me.

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The Best Tailgating Gear to Help Celebrate Your Team’s Big Win

The Best Tailgating Gear to Help Celebrate Your Team’s Big WinOriginally posted at: http://www.beyondthetent.com/the-best-tailgating-gear-to-help-you-celebrate-your-teams-big-win/

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Tailgaters and campers are two breeds of the same species. We all love barbecue, beer, and yard games. Load your stuff in the car, pick up all your best friends, pop up a chair around the grill or fire and enjoy some good laughs and good food. What’s not to love? There is an incredible […]

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7 Pro Tips For Keeping Your Backpacking Gear Dry

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By Michael Lanza

From the rainforest of the North Cascades and Olympic National Park to New England, from the Tour du Mont Blanc to New Zealand (lead photo, above), I’ve carried a backpack through many fierce, sustained downpours. I’ve tried virtually every strategy imaginable to keep my clothing and gear inside my pack dry—some which have failed spectacularly, and some which have worked flawlessly, no matter how wet I got. In this story, I share my seven top tricks for how I keep the rain from getting anywhere near my dry clothes, sleeping bag, and other contents of my pack.

 

Trekking the Italian section of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Fiona Wilhelm trekking through rain on the Italian section of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

#1 Pack Your Gear in Waterproof Stuff Sacks

Most backpacks, of course, are not waterproof (because of the expense and that making them waterproof restricts other design options and makes them heavier). For most backpacking trips, I prefer waterproof or water-resistant stuff sacks over a rain cover because I... Read More »

Being Stupid With Friends: A 32-Mile Dayhike in the White Mountains

Being Stupid With Friends: A 32-Mile Dayhike in the White MountainsOriginally posted at: https://thebigoutside.com/being-stupid-with-friends-a-32-mile-dayhike-in-the-white-mountains/

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By Michael Lanza

As we near the top of Mount Flume in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the first of nine summits we hope to reach today, a light shower begins falling. It seems a less-than-ideal portent near the front end of one of the longest and hardest days of hiking any of us has ever undertaken—especially for three people somewhere between two and three decades past their hiking prime. But this only strikes us as one more in a long list of reasons to... Read More »

Guide to Camping Beds and Mats

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How to Use a Sharpening Steel

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Shrimp & Grits for the Campsite

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Camp Breakfast Casserole

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1 night desert backpacking trip.

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