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Hiking shoes + socks on tropical forest/river hikes, Hiking on your Period, Glasses vs Contacts on a Hike
My name is Kristine and I went hiking for the first time two days ago. Now, the very few people who know me would say hiking and I would never go together. And they are absolutely correct in their assessment. My idea of a good time involves me being curled up with a good book inside a warm and toasty room. Or floating about in the beach resort. Roughing it is never in my vocabulary. And yes, I fear it. The wilderness, the discomfort, being away from the safety of concerete walls. But just like a lot of people, this pandemic has provided the opportunity for me to try to transcend my fears. I have discovered that nature is healing and so here I am.
My first hike was a mixture of success and failure. Success because I made. Failure because of some kinks that took place. Let me start with my shoes. I am in a tropical country, so the trail would be in rainforests. My first hike involved 8 river crossings. I was wearing a Merrell Erie MID. Suede Leather. I didn’t realize, at the time I got that particular shoe, that not all hiking shoes are the same. Hence said shoe had very very poor water drainage. So you can imagine the misery of hiking in water logged shoes. It’s as if I was wearing a pair of bathtubs and my feet was sloshing about in water. It is uncomfortable and frankly made climbing over the many many rocks, difficult. Man, those rocks were...I mean I don’t kno how you guys do it. The rivers had strong currents as well. Anywaaay, I had to, on occassion stop to take them off and drain the water. But being a first time hiker this caused me anxiety, because I coudn’t tell me group to stop everytime we cross a river. So yeah, I was on the tail end of the hike from start to finish. And also I was wearing Puma Dri-Fit Socks. I do not know what they are made of, but they seem like regular athletic socks, which absorbs a lot of water. So there. Hiking with bathubs for shoes is never fun.
So first question: What shoes and socks is best for hikes in tropical rainforests which covers the ff specs:
My second question is about contact lenses vs eyeglasses. I wore contacts during my hike, but I had issues with it being uncomfortable. But on one hand with eyeglasses, it can easily get dislodged from your face and fall and break. I wonder how I can decide between the two?
My third question is about hiking when on your period. What do you do? What happens when you have to cross a river that is waist deep? What happens to the sanitary napkin you are wearing which can retain water? Do you cancel the hike?
I uploaded a few photos to give you an idea of the terrain. :)
I apologize too, because this is no longer what is deemed as “few” details. Hahaha. I hope to hear from you soon! Keep safe!
PS: I would like to request that the photos would not be published if you can. Thanks Diane! :D