June 2022: A Note From Diane
June is rolling along. Hope you’re doing the same on your favorite trails. Even better, some new ones!
Rather than blathering on about what’s in this little newsletter, let’s just get to it, shall we?
BLISTER RESEARCH (!)
To be exact, a research study entitled Prevention of Friction Blisters in Outdoor Pursuits: A Systematic Review published in WILDERNESS & ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, 28, 139–149 (2017).
Conclusion (and I quote): “Despite the high frequency, discomfort, and associated cost there is a paucity of high-quality evidence in support of socks, antiperspirants, or barriers for the prevention of friction blisters. Moderate confidence in effect estimate suggests that paper tape may be an effective form of barrier prevention.”
Wow. That’s bleak!
Bleak is not good, so here are my trail tested tips to keep your feet happy to hit the trail this season:
NEW TRAILS ANNOUNCED
Did you see the 6/3/2022 designation of nine new national recreation trails in seven states?
This adds 600 more miles to the National Trails System, a network of over 1,300 existing national recreation trails.
Check to see if your state was included here:
UPDATE: NATIONAL TRAILS DAY CELEBRATION
Last month I shared that our Over Forty Hiker community planned to tally up our mileage on National Trails Day and then make a contribution to an organization that does good work for trails and outdoor spaces.
We selected the American Hiking Organization to make our $75 donation, because they:
-Build and maintain trails on public lands across the U.S.
-Engage and inspire the next generation of trail volunteers and advocates
-Recruit and provide new crew leaders with immersive trail stewardship training
-Educate lawmakers and voters on issues important to the hiking and outdoor community
Interested in joining our community? There’s a link at the end of the newsletter to request your invitation.
NATIONAL FOREST WEEK IS COMING
July 11- 17, 2022 is the “official” time to celebrate what’s near you. Here’s a link to find your local forests:
Not only love, but photograph!
Then you can enter a photo contest (yes, there are prizes) sponsored by National Forests. More details here:
HIKING FOR HER GIVEAWAY
You have until June 30, 2022 to enter for a chance to win six backpacking dinners from RightOnTrek.
Get the full list of deliciousness and entry details here:
Bookmark that page, because on July 1, 2022 you have a new chance to win more RightOnTrek backpacking meals, this time 6 mouth watering breakfast selections.
Enjoy your trail time!
Best wishes for a lot of trail time. Notice I don’t say “good” trail time, because we all know that any day on the trail is good.
*Disclaimer: Sometimes “good enough”, but good nonetheless 🙂
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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