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“The Art and Sole of Barefoot Hiking” by John M. Harder: a thoughtful introduction to this most pleasant activity

March 5, 2015
Spotted on a recent hike up the Palm Canyon trail in Anza Borrego Desert State Park: a happy barefoot hiker.

Here’s a barefoot hiker headed up the Palm Canyon trail in Anza Borrego Desert State Park last weekend. 

During a recent bout of barefoot research, I came across John M. Harder’s beautiful introduction to “The Art and Sole of Barefoot Hiking.”  I remember reading it with delight several years ago; it moved me again upon re-reading, for which reason I offer a link to it here,  as spring approaches–a blissful time to be out on the trails without shoes.

Mr. Harder’s piece  “originally appeared in the Healing Options newspaper, Bennington, Vermont, April 1997.

Copyright 1997 John M. Harder.”

Almost 20 years later . . . his words remain timely.

Thanks, Mr. Harder!

And here I am on a recent trail adventure near Irvine Park.

And here I am on a recent almost-spring trail adventure near Irvine Park . . . 

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