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Shoeless Backpacking at Grand Canyon . . . A Hot Time, For Sure!

What a blessing . . . to shoelessly descend the North Kaibab Trail at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!

What made the experience even better was that I had just finished a career-pinnacle moment: leading my first multi-day creative writing workshop! 1,096 more words

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“I know what you’re doing”, my friend chuckles as she walks ahead of me. “I can hear you splashing!”

Of course I have to tarry again at the puddles in the tyre tracks on the path. 394 more words


What If

When I ascended Germany’s highest Alpine peak, the 2962-metre (9718 ft) Zugspitze, back in 2003, I did it by funicular car, and I did it with bare feet. 542 more words


The Grand Canyon Boucher Trail: Almost Barefoot (Sigh)

“The Boucher Trail is arguably the most difficult and demanding of the south side trails.” (From the National Park Service description: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/Boucher_Trail.pdf)

For the reason above–as well as the fact that I was jointly responsible (as a WFR assistant) for the well-being of the eight participants who signed up for the Grand Canyon Field Institute’s “Hands-on Springs Survey Backpack: Hermit-Boucher-Slate”–I reluctantly donned socks and sandals for most of last week’s Grand Canyon adventures (40-ish miles of backpacking and day-hiking from the Hermit’s Rest trailhead to the far reaches of Slate Creek, with side excursions up and down Hermit and Boucher drainages documenting springs and plants). 420 more words

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"The Art and Sole of Barefoot Hiking" by John M. Harder: a thoughtful introduction to this most pleasant activity

During a recent bout of barefoot research, I came across John M. Harder’s beautiful introduction to “The Art and Sole of Barefoot Hiking.”  I remember reading it with delight several years ago; it moved me again upon re-reading, for which reason I offer… 79 more words

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(Barefoot) Return to Anza Borrego Desert State Park

The past five years of our annual late winter visit to Anza Borrego Desert State Park, I have been able (blessed! ecstatic!) to spend the weekend camping without shoes. 722 more words

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Gnarl Ridge

Dear Yawn-ee,

Today, I had a most miraculous adventure.

After sleeping later than I intended, I filled the bladder of the camelback you gave me. It was nearly noon when Cedarbird, Biebs, and I made it to Mt. 866 more words