my toe nails intact – unlike the Tongariro Crossing which claimed a couple of toenails – and a knee.
At the end of the first day- clambering over tree roots in the long slow 900m climb to Okaka Ridge and the welcoming Okaka Lodge, everyone started looking at how their feet had fared. Drifts of footfleece were handed out from my (thankfully light) pack and everyone padded up for the descent the next day.
Day three- well fuelled by Lodge warden Noeline’s brilliant porridge – was a walk out through the bush and forest on well formed tracks with only some residual water from the rains the week before. We were lucky enough to hike along the beach for some hours, stopping to play what we believe was the southernmost game of petanque on the mainland.
Recommend the track …..and the footfleece.”
Jan Sedgwick (February 2016)
“I discovered “foot fleece” or Trampers Friend® before walking the Milford Track in 2011. I had hurt one foot in a small accident just before leaving for New Zealand and the instep and toes were still quite sore 2 weeks later when we began practice walks. I found that packing foot fleece loosely around my sore toes, under the socks relieved the pressure and discomfort entirely and by the end of the route I had no pain at all! Since then I always use this for any discomfort with feet where no open sore is involved. I haven’t had a single blister since.
It is amazingly hard to get people to take this material seriously, but it really does work much more easily and comfortably than bandages, etc.”
Penelope Kenez (Aptos, California) (September 2015)
“I was one of the very few who didn’t end up with foot problems. The only difficulty I had was trying to persuade some of my fellow trekkers to use it! They were a bit sceptical and many of them paid the price and ended up with their feet wrapped in zinc oxide tape.”
Deborah Shields – Sahara Trek hiker (March 2015)
“I have used it several times now, and find it great! We walked 7 miles in snow last week and I found it both comfortable and cosily warm, while others complained of cold feet.”
Rosemary Bowyer (December 2014)
“We tape a lot of feet here because of the intense hiking program we have and it certainly would be much better for all if they all got some wool.”
Catharina (January 2014)