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Chafing and How to Prevent It

Hiking in Hot Weather on the Maine, AT

There’s nothing worse than chafing on a hike – chafing between your thighs or butt cheeks. It is absolute agony when you can’t stop because your schedule or a limited supply of food requires that you keep hiking. Here are a few tips to prevent chafing or worst case, how …

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The Toob: Backpacking Toothbrush

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One of the oldest pieces of gear that I still carry with me on overnight trips is a portable travel toothbrush, called The Toob. It’s a completely self-contained toothpaste and toothbrush system that lives in my bear bag. It’s quite simple really. It’s a plastic tube that breaks into 3 …

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Plantar Fasciitis and Compression Socks

Compression socks can be used to relieve the pain of Plantar Fasciitis without giving up hiking.

As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with Plantar Fasciitis this summer, an overuse injury of the foot that associated with heel pain and severe foot cramping.  The pain is caused by the inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to the ball of your foot. I’ve …

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Knee Pain – A Hiker’s Guide

Knee Pain is a common symptom in hikers, runners, skiers, and cyclists.One of the most common types is pain around or behind the kneecaps, which is often diagnosed as Chondromalacia, Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome, or more commonly “runner’s knee.” The symptoms of this type of knee pain worsen when walking up …

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