How can climbing salve for rock climbers hands be used for backpacking? On your feet, that's how.
Hiking in the slop is part of the game, we all have to deal with it. Just like a rock climber depends on and needs to take care of their hands, backpackers need to do the same for their feet. Climbing salve, like the Joshua Tree that I use, is a great product to super moisturize, condition and "waterproof" your feet.
Starting 5 days before a trip, at night before bed, I rub Joshua Tree onto my feet (and then cover with socks). After a number of days of pre-treatment you can see water actually bead on your feet.
While on the trail, keeping your feet warm, dry and moisturized at the end of the day will help prevent "hamburger" feet thus making the next day enjoyable.
My end of the day foot care process; 1) dry feet throughly, 2) rub in Joshua Tree and 3) cover up with loose fitting warm sleep socks.
If you give climbing salve a try let me know how you it worked for you. Do you have a foot care tip that works for you? Please share your ideas below.
I hope to see you on the trail,