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!
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