Summer Camp Recommendations
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:34
Here's a common question that arrives to us from camp parents at this time of year: “I'd like to start getting our gear. Can you recommend a brand and type of hiking boot? She'd like to get started breaking them in before camp.”
There are many brands and types of hiking boots for backpacking, trying them on for comfort is best. They do not need to be anything fancy, but should be comfortable when trying them on for the 1st time, there shouldn't be much of a "breaking in" period, they should have a lot of comfort at the start.
A heavy-duty backpacking boot may be too much boot for Alpengirl while a low (no ankle support) trail shoe will be too little boot with not enough support. No need for water-proof or Gore-tex.
Hiking boots should be worn-in before camp arrival in an attempt to prevent painful blisters during camp.
There are great sales people to help with proper fitting in store and awesome lacing techniques as well as figuring out if you want to wear just 1 pair of hiker socks or want to try wearing a pair of hiker socks + a pair of liner socks. People have different feelings on wearing 1 or 2 pairs of socks, I prefer wearing one GOOD pair of hiking socks and no liner socks, others want liner socks + hiking socks as they have found it helps them prevent blisters. Here's more info on how to prevent blisters from the Washington Trails Association.
As the Alpengirl packing list suggests, you'll select 4 pairs of medium weight wool blend trail-hiking socks (no cotton socks.) Add an additional 2 pairs of synthetic, non-cotton liner socks if you like to layer your socks for blister prevention.
Here's an example of a hiking sock: Wigwam Merino Wool Comfort Sock
Here's an example of a liner sock: Wigwam Coolmax Liner Sock
Knowing this about hiking socks: good ones cost maybe around $10-$15/pair and when one goes missing the other one is lonely, seriously though, you lose one and it's a bummer, so don't forget to label everything, even those trusty hiking socks that are coming to camp!