Revelations — From the Book of Plantar Fasciitis
Backpacking and Plantar Fasciitis CAN Go Together!
August 4, 2015 – Backpacking and plantar fasciitis CAN go together! I backpacked with my much-younger wife up to the “Lakes of the Clouds” in Colorado’s Sangre De Christo mountains. The clouds do tend to hang on these mountains and soak them with drizzle, not surprisingly, since you drive up to the trail head about 8 miles west from the town of Westcliffe in the big beautiful valley known as Wet Mountain Valley, and across the valley are the Wet Mountains. We only did about two and a half miles uphill with those half-ton backpacks on, and camped just off Swift Creek, and the rest of the up and down was a second-day hike up to the lakes of about 4 miles round trip with just day packs. But you add that 4 miles to the 5 mile round trip with the big packs on, and it’s inspiring for me to realize how much heavily laden walking I did without being crippled by plantar fasciitis!!!
Not the first time, but I always wondered if the Flattops Wilderness backpacking trip of 2014 with the wife and the dear little girls — the first backpack for years, since before PF first hit — was a fluke. Apparently not.
I credit the PF-friendly hiking shoes and inserts. Of course, my legs were really tired for a few days, and at camp in the mountains I got very poor sleep at night because the hard ground — despite the blow-up sleeping pad — seemed to be dislocating my rib cage, but it’s a wonder to me that among my geriatric (65 years old) aches and pains plantar fasciitis is no longer even a part of the problem. (If anybody knows a solution to the rib-cage thing though, I’d sure appreciate the input.)