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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008
From navigation to staying dry to predicting the weather, our primer will have you dialed.
Navigate Off-Trail | Stay Dry in a Downpour | Descend Safely | Beat Fatigue on Steep Climbs | Read a Rattlesnake's Body Language | Predict Weather With an Altimeter | Identify a Mountain Lion Track | 5 Ways to Navigate Without a Compass | 4 Ways to Prevent Blisters | Lace Your Boots for Maximum Comfort | Take a Perfect Summit Photo | Two-Second Tips
4 WAYS TO PREVENT BLISTERS
1) Buy shoes that allow room for your feet to swell. Break them in by wearing them around town and on dayhikes.
2) Wear wicking socks (synthetic or wool); change into a fresh pair as needed. Hang on your pack to dry.
3) Reduce friction by smearing trouble areas with Sportslick or Bodyglide.
4) Stop and cover hotspots immediately with moleskin, Adventure Medical Kits GlacierGel pads, or plain old duct tape.