Lube

Half  Dome – Yosemite Musing
    Scary week was fun, but that’s enough. Mrs. Half Dome tells me some of you may be shivering by now… hair standing up on the back of your neck?  OK, I’ll tone it down now… Don’t suffer “paralysis from over analysis.” If you do the training and go to the park educated – you’ll soon be an official “domer”. Oh yeah, there is a neat shirt you can buy to prove it. <HERE> Today we focus on blister prevention. Don’t change that channel. There is nothing worse than a boo-boo on your little toe that causes you to go “wee wee wee all the way home.” Blisters are caused by heat, friction and moisture. Here’s what seasoned hikers do to reduce the odds.(and always carry moleskin and blister pads just in case.) Choose you poison – pictured here are products that all do the trick.

When you get dressed before your hike smear the goo of your choice on potential hot spots. I rub it all over the toes, heal, arch and instep. Then put your thin liner sock on before you walk all over the carpet. Pictured from left to right we have:  1) “Runner’s Lube” – bought at my local running supply house. 2) “Body Glide” – same place or outdoor stores; 3) Vaseline petroleum jelly. I used to use #3 since that was all that was available. Real gooey and took days to wash off. I used #1 when I did a marathon. Also smeared it on any chafing spots – inside thighs, armpits and breastal area. #2 comes in small sizes that you can use to reapply before you head down after getting to the top of Half Dome.

    On an adminsistrative note, I’m taking the entire staff of this blog to Cozumel for a week+. The research dept, content creation, editing and technical. This is in support of my Carpe Diem philosophy. We’ll be diving the briny deep to visit Davey Jones’s locker. Arrrrr.  So no blog tomorrow. I’ll be in transit. I’m assured we will have wifi so I hope to be back on the air as usual. Same Dome time – Same Dome channel.
Unrelated thought worth quoting:  “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”- John Muir

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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