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Be Kind to Your Feet: Backpacking Quiz
by Staff
If you don't take care of your feet on a backpacking trip, you're in for some serious pain and suffering. Show us what you know about foot care for trekking in the great outdoors.

Where should your hiking boot be snug?

  • on your toes
  • on your midsole
  • on your sole

Which part of your foot needs a little wiggle room in your hiking boots?

  • your toes
  • your midsole
  • your heel

When should you change socks when hiking?

  • every 4 miles
  • when they wear holes
  • when they're wet and grimy

In backpacking lingo, what is a "hot spot"?

  • a pre-blister rub on your foot
  • a little-known hot spring
  • a patch of skin where you've forgotten to apply sunscreen

What is a recommended treatment for a hot spot that could become a blister?

  • duct tape
  • a Band-aid
  • moleskin
  • any of the above

What is a recommended treatment for a fluid-filled blister?

  • Vaseline
  • duct tape
  • 2nd Skin

Which of these statements is a cardinal rule of backpacking foot care?

  • If it hurts, stop.
  • Don't hike hot.
  • Play through the pain.

If your feet are hot while hiking, what is one thing you should do every time you stop?

  • apply petroleum jelly
  • eat salty food
  • reapply moleskin
  • elevate them

What is one successful way to alleviate the pain of hiking on a cracked callus?

  • Switch to cotton socks.
  • Fill the callus cracks with Super Glue.
  • Scrape away the remaining callus.
  • Smear the callus with cream cheese.

What is one hiking benefit of a certain degree of Athlete's foot?

  • It keeps calluses in check.
  • It makes you appreciate your office job.
  • It keeps blisters from forming.

According to Backpacker and REI.com, how far should you walk in a boot before declaring it to be "broken in"?

  • 10 miles (16 kilometers)
  • 20 miles (32 kilometers)
  • 35 miles (56 kilometers)
  • 50 miles (80.5 kilometers)

If a blister forms, you should lance it.

  • true
  • false

What is one thing you should do for your feet when hiking downhill?

  • tighten your laces
  • loosen your laces
  • wear an extra pair of socks

True or false: You should cover a blister with moleskin, duct tape or another adhesive.

  • true
  • false

True or false: A stiff boot is more likely to cause blisters than a running shoe.

  • true
  • false

What three factors contribute to blister formation?

  • petroleum jelly, wool socks and dry skin
  • friction, moisture and wrinkled socks
  • heat, baby powder and altitude

Plantars fasciitis is a painful foot condition in which what happens?

  • Connective tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed.
  • Small, independent warts grow together.
  • Blisters become infected.

Who said, "Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake"?

  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Ralph Waldo Emmerson
  • Wallace Stevens
  • John Muir

Which of the following is not a popular brand of hiking boot?

  • Merrell
  • Zamberlan
  • Hi-Tec
  • Columbia
  • Iron Maiden