Sorting out the Gear
500 hundred miles means a lot of stress on the feet. I only have 2 of them, so getting the footwear right has been JOB 1. I started out in ankle boots, as recommended by both podiatrists. They were hot and too heavy. Over the last 6 months, my footwear selection has evolved toward lighter shoes and larger sizes. All this walking (probably around 40 miles a week) has caused my feet to grow a full size, not exactly a desired effect.
At this point, I am switching back and forth between Oboz low hikers and Altra Lone Peak trail runners. The hiking shoes fit, but don’t have enough cushion and I end up with screaming metatarsals after mile 10. The Altras are very light and balance the weight across the length of my foot because of their “zero drop” construction. I think I may go with them. Neither shoe makes much of a fashion statement, so if you follow me, be prepared for some ugly feet.
I have also chosen a pair of Ecco walking sandals for my “evening wear”. Since it will be cool in the Pyrenees, socks with sandals will be my new thing.
Alas, I must leave behind my beloved Osprey Stratos 24 in favor of a larger pack. Since I am taking a sleeping bag, I have to size up. This has brought me to the Osprey Mira 34 liter. It has the latest anti-gravity technology, so should be comfortable despite the larger size. I hope to float down the trail. John has also sized up to the Atmos 50.
My next post will show a picture of all our gear before it’s packed.