Backpacking Hints And Tips
Boots and SocksBoots are generally categorized for lightweight hiking, mid weight hiking, backpacking, extended backpacking or mountaineering uses. The primary differences are in the ankle and arch support and the durability of the boot for the terrain to be covered. Scouts should buy mid weight hiking or backpacking boots, but may be able to get by with lightweight boots, depending on the boot itself.
The type of materials should be consistent with the use. Lighter weight synthetic materials such as Nylon, or split grain leather are more appropriate for primarily on trail, shorter trips or warmer weather. Full grain leather or heavy synthetics are more appropriate to carry heavier loads for longer periods and/or in very wet conditions. Our scouts will be on trails and should buy the lighter synthetic or split grain leather synthetic or split grain leather/synthetic type boots that may be waterproofed. The construction of the boots should be considered:
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Ankle height may be low, medium or high top style. Our scouts should buy medium or or high top boots that may be waterproofed. Durability is less a factor as they will outgrow them before they wear them out. polypro or nylon liners) and one pair of heavier wool or blended, non cotton socks. If possible, try on boots late in day or in the evening when feet may be somewhat swollen. Scouts should have at least two pair of liner and two pair of hiking socks for every outing.
The boots should be firm, especially around the heel, but not bind or pinch, and should have room to wiggle toes. The toes should not touch or jam into the front of the boot on a downhill slope. You should be able to slide on full finger between your heel an burberry bags sale d the inside back of the boot with the boots unlaced and toes pushed forward while wearing the appropriate socks. Do not buy boots to grow into. One to one and a finger behind the heal is the correct size for comfort and to minimize injury or blisters to the toes and heels.
Have you son walk around the store or at home with some added weight such as a day pack to see if they are comfortable. It only takes a few and should be a regular part of post outing gear clean activities. One bottle (about $7) will last for several years.
Always burberry bags sale wear two pair of socks on the trail: light / thin liners AND wool or hikers blend OR The specially made ing socks that are a blend and wick the moisture away from your feet
Double “twist” your laces half way up from the bottom at the in step.
If “hot spots” develop, STOP and put on some Duct tape Use Moleskin for blisters.
Bring lightweight shoes (sneakers or moccasins) to wear in camp.
Why: to prevent blisters; rest your feet/body; protect the environment
Stuff a plastic trash bag into your stuff sack and stuff the sleeping bag into the trash bag. Twist the trash bag closed before closing the stuff sack. This will keep your bag dry in case of rain or if it (or you) falls into a creek. Stuff the bag starting with the foot and ending with the head opening. This forces the air out as you stuff it in.
Open and fluff your pad and bag as soon as you set up your tent. This lets in air and dries out any moisture to keep you warmer that night.