|Taking in the views - looking across to Mt. Anderson's Eel Glacier|
What person doesn't feel the call to put there belongings on there back and travel across beautiful country. Choosing any route and terrain you wish to travel on. There is nothing that could match that feeling of being free.
Perfect time to dwell on your thoughts as well. Some of my best 'ideas' and personal thoughts are when I'm hiking alone. However sharing your experience with friends and loved ones I feel is equally important.
There is something magical about putting physical effort toward your goal. Arriving at your destination, putting up camp, gathering water and possible other supplies. Sleeping out in the fresh air where I find true peace. Staying up late or waking up in the middle of the night. To look up at the stars that seem twice as bright than when you are in a city. The good life.
The first part is what I feel the spiritual part. Being able to feel your environment at all times. If its hot or cold your body adapts to the conditions based on the sense of feel. Also walking at night is improved because you can feel your route and feel more confident with each step. Others have expressed this heightened sense with me as well.
Other proven improvements in posture, balance and over all foot health.
Finding the appropriate Minimal Foot Protection is super important why still providing ground feel and breathability.
You should find whats right for you without losing the ability for your toes to fully splay.
All the while keeping a 'Natural' Heal to Toe stance aka 'Zero Drop'. (meaning your heal isn't elevated in your footwear).
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