Mike's Danners'! Ouch!
Why do you get them? What to do about them?
Duct tape works well as a preventative to blisters much in the same way as mole skin!
Walking up trails, walking down trails, traversing a steep grade, cresting over a boulder, side stepping down a steep talus slope, jumping over an ice cold Bright Angel Creek. All of these movements can put an extraordinary amount of pressure on your feet. When feet are working this hard, they sweat. When they get wet from perspiration, chances are, blisters will form.
Before beginning any multi-day hike, make sure your boots are well broken in and tested. Use them a least on a few dayhikes to find out how your feet like them. On most of the trail in the Canyon, a light weight boot with ankle support such as Merrell will be fine, but off trail you'll need a heavier full leather boot.
How do you plan for blisters? What's more, how do
you prevent blisters from adding to your hiking load?
There are a few products on the market that are intended to keep you walking with a blister on your foot:
A product, available at drugstores called Spenco
Second Skin is a good blister healer to have in your pack. If cut larger than the area of
your blister, it will retain moisture needed for healing and provide a sterile,
comfortable cooling skin layer to help keep you going. Cover it with athletic tape and
you're back on the trail. Another foot saver is Compeed; medicated pads that form a
protective gel-cushion around the blister and promote healing by protecting the injured
|Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon by Scott Thybony. Scott describes all of the trails in enough detail to make a fun hike! Good basic information for new Canyon Hikers.|
|Hiking the Grand Canyon (A Sierra Club Totebook) by John Annerino. This book has been around a while and John has hiked a lot. It's a great resource with mileage logs, trail descriptions, ratings, history, water caches, and just about everything else you need to know to overnight or spend a couple of weeks in the Canyon.|
|The Man Who Walked through Time by Colin Fletcher. This is not really a guide but an adventure book. Many of us have done this route now, but Colin had only Harvey Butchart for guidance! Recommended!|
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