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More Barefoot Sailors

When I wrote about Barefoot Sailors, the example I used was the Spanish-American war (during the blockade of Cuba). It really only showed those sailors doing their exercises on deck in bare feet.

But what about real sailing (as opposed to powered) ships?

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Men of Iron, Feet of Pudding

What do you do if you are a triathlete and want to run the marathon portion barefoot?

Well, right now it depends on who is sponsoring the triathlon.

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Back in the 1920s there was a High School football team in Lynchburg, VA that went undefeated for 8 years.

And oh yeah. They played barefooted.

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My Winter Boots

I know some barefooters who try to keep their feet in shape over the winter by keeping a pan of gravel in the garage. They then spend a bit of time doing the old gravel massage. It’s not like walking, but at least it keeps the soles thick, exercised, and (mostly) in shape.

I’ve tried something a bit different.

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So, do you shovel your snow barefooted? Think it’s all the rage?

Nah, you’re just late to the party.

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As I think about much of the advice that I keep seeing coming from podiatrists and other experts, I figure I must be doing something wrong.

Their admonitions just aren’t coming true.

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Our most colorful character for today is Renato Alvarado Renato, also known as “Machi”, and by “colorful” I mean “interesting” and “impressive”.

Where do I even begin?

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The Unknown Barefooter of Badenoch

There was an interesting article the other day in the Strathspey & Banenoch Herald about a local full-time barefooter. During the winter.

And where the heck is Badenoch?

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A Little Tennis Blurb

I really don’t feel like writing much today, so I think I’ll just highlight a little news blurb I came across. It’s one of those small stories that leaves you asking for more information.

The story is in regards to the Eastern Grass Court Tennis Tournament in the summer of 1969.

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Before They Pass Away

There’s a very interesting project out there by a photographer named Jimmy Nelson. The project is Before They Pass Away, looking at some of the few remaining unique human cultures before they all get homogenized away.

An interesting thing (to me) is how many of them still go barefoot.

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There’s a new show about to appear on the Discovery Channel: Man, Cheetah, Wild. The host, Kim Wolhuter, spends a lot of time in it barefoot.

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Folks may recall that I did a bunch of training hikes over the winter. These were training hikes by John O’Meara, the Executive Director of the Columbus Metro Parks.

He was training to climb Mt. Everest.

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Baking a Seri Boot

What can you do if you want to toughen up your feet? I wasn’t too thrilled with the results I got when I tested Tuf-Foot.

Of course, the tried and true way is to do a lot of hiking over rough terrain . . . if you don’t get too footsore to continue.

But here’s another idea.

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Getting the Hingis of It

Two weeks ago was the “Hall of Fame Championship” in Newport, Rhode Island. I have no idea why the International Tennis Hall of Fame is there, but hey, it has to be somewhere, right?

You never see the professionals play their tennis barefoot, but what else are you to do when you are inducted and your footwear sucks?

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2000 Miles

Since 2006 I’ve kept track of my barefoot hikes (and this keeps track of only those hikes in which I’ve been truly barefoot). During yesterday’s hike at Cantwell Cliffs, that accounting went over 2000 miles.

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