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Mountain Hiking Tips No 2, Effective And Easy Hiking Blisters Treatment
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This is Ed Westover. Today I'm going to tell you about a simple hiking blisters treatment and prevention, using something you probably already have in your medicine cabinet--a roll of adhesive tape. Obviously, prevention is the best treatment, and it might be easier than you think. I'm not talking about a pair of shoes that's broken in and fits well, although that's hard to beat. These normally feel fine when you are hiking in flat country. But what about when you are in steep mountain country, and they begin to feel like they are turning your feet into hamburger? After a while, you start feeling those blisters, usually on your toes, but sometimes on other parts of your feet.

If you know from past experience that the shoes you are going to wear will give you trouble in the mountains but you don't have anything better, what can you do? Well, here is one of the mountain hiking tips that I learned from my own experiences. Don't laugh until you try it, because it really works. Get a roll of regular adhesive tape. Tape on the parts of your feet where you have had trouble before with blisters. Put tape on the heel, the sole, or around each individual toe where you expect problems. You will find this few minutes of taping will be well worth it later in the day.

Now comes the truly surprising thing that tape can do. What happens when you missed a place and it becomes blistered, and maybe even the blister breaks? Or, you didn't tape at all, hoping you wouldn't need to? Just carry the roll of tape in your pocket. Then, when you feel the blister coming, sit down and take off your shoe. Put tape on that spot. Even if the blister has already broken, the tape will do the job. If the blister has broken, I usually make the tape into something that resembles a band aid by putting the sticky side of a small piece of tape to the sticky side of a larger piece. I then put the smooth, non-sticky part directly over the blister. This keeps the tape from sticking to the blistered area. My experience has been that I can then continue hiking all day, usually without more problems.

Usually you don't notice a problem with your toes when hiking uphill. It's when you are going downhill that your toes get jammed against the front of your shoe. If you are prepared with a role of tape you can prevent a good hike from becoming a disaster. Everyone who has done any serious hiking knows how miserable blistered feet can be. Also, you never know when tape might become handy for other purposes. I once used it when I shot myself with an arrow, but that's a story for another time!

I hope this article has been helpful. If you have any special mountain hiking tips from your own experiences, feel welcome to tell us about them. Also, let us know of any exceptionally good products you know of that have been developed to make camping and hiking better. We would like to hear about these too. I will try to comment on them if I can fit them into some of my articles. Just use your initials, rather than your name, if you prefer to remain anonymous. Thanks for being with us, and happy hiking. Ed.


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