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The Barefoot Hiker

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Once again we have found the unique in outdoor books-the first book about hiking barefoot. Developed by a hiker in New England, it introduces people to the idea that the foot can hit the trail without benefit of boot or sneaker. All the joys, the hazards, and the myths are dealt with, along with a lot of careful instructions for beginners.
Paperback, 98 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Ten Speed Press (first published April 1993)
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Apr 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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An entire book that could have been written in 3 pages and I go barefoot almost anywhere.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel like this book should have been re-titled "Hiking 101", as most of it applied to all hikers just starting out. I was hoping more for hikers that were looking to transition in to barefoot hiking. There were a few good suggestions, but overall not a very great guide.
Satyros Brucato
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
*laughs* This book, in part, inspired me to hike several weeks on the Appalachian Trail barefoot. I almost never wear shoes as things are, in the woods or otherwise. This book, though, gave me some practical hints about long-term wilderness barefooting.

That said, the author's emphasis on barefooting "purity" gets kinda weird. Though not exactly fetishistic, his approach felt a bit over-enthusiastic at times. The writing's a bit rough, too - to be expected from an essentially a self-published bo
Mar 06, 2009 rated it liked it
This book attempts to promote an unpopular and irrational activity - barefoot hiking. For me, the techniques of barefoot hiking provided an interesting look into how it is done. The question that the text did not answer was why. Oh, the author tries to convince the reader that it is pleasurable and purposeful, but I was not converted. I enjoy shoes, boots, and sandals and will not be giving them up without a fight.
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“Going barefoot in the forest is a very sensuous and a pleasurable experience. For some of us it is almost a mystical experience. I know that I dreamt of it long before I ever durst try it. It is also an experience that brings into question our entire relationship with nature in a way that disturbs and challenges our ideas about ourselves as civilized beings.” 6 likes
“the sensations she was asking about were very pleasant; some of them were nothing short of delicious; but to know them one simply had to go barefoot. I could sense a mixture of envy and fearful reserve. It was time to tell her what another barefoot hiker had once told me, when I had stood, still shod, on the edge of wanting to go barefoot: "Take off your shoes.” 0 likes
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