It does become difficult to hike barefoot in more extreme weather that makes the ground very icy and cold or very hot.
5. How do you get started barefoot hiking?
A) If you never walk around barefoot, start by taking your shoes off at home and get familiar with the sensations of being barefoot in your home and garden, trying different surfaces.
B) Step straight down with your feet to avoid cuts and blisters.
C) Watch the path ahead, 2-3 paces in front. With time you'll get use to interpreting the feedback from your soles.
D) Take it progressively. Start with short hikes or only go barefoot for part of your longer hike. Take rest days and let your feet recover.
E) Always carry shoes. You may need them because your feet will feel too tender or because you come across a section of trail that is dangerous for your bare feet. It's not all or nothing!
3. Stay visible
Ride with lights and reflectors especially on multiuser trails.
4. If you're sinking, head back
Groomed tracks need time to settle. Sometimes the snow is just too soft making it difficult to ride and creates ruts that will hardened once the snow hardens. If you're sinking, best to head back home.
7. Free gear swap
Swap gear with family and friends. We often pastedown kids outdoor gear but take it step further and do the same with family and outdoorsy friends. Get everyone to bring along items that are still in good condition but are being used by the current owner and swap.
Have any other tips for finding discounted outdoor gear here in Switzerland? Share them with us in the comments below.
While swimming may seem like such an innocuous and readily available activity to all, it wasn’t always so - and still isn’t so for many people today. Ms. Landreth chronicles how women, from the Roman times onward to the 19th and early 20th centuries, had to fight against so much negativity and oppression to simply swim. As unfathomable as the power and authority placed upon these women were to me, Landreth’s strong feminist voice and sardonic interjections made me laugh rather than scream in outrage at the injustices they experienced. From being drowned as witches, to allowing women to swim in the sea - but only because it made them less feeble and physically stronger to give birth - to ridiculous regulations on bathing attire for women, this book celebrates the struggles and achievements of our swimming foremothers. Unbelievably, it wasn’t until the 1930s that women were finally, if not reluctantly, admitted as equals into the water.
Swell, filled me with gratitude for these women of yore for an activity that I, until now, took for granted not even realizing that it had been such a struggle for some. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in swimming or history or women pioneers. As one reviewer said
“ If you love swimming, you’ll love this. If you hate swimming, you’ll still love this.” - Jo Brand
Next time you go for a swim, do so mindfully, because these women made it so that we simply can.
- Kirsten -
Oceanographer and Fresh Air Reads Contributor
Outdoor Lifestyle Mentor
Welcome to the blog where I share strategies, tricks and tips on how to make adventuring in the outdoors part of your Swiss experience
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