JJ's dad was skeptical that her Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas could handle two days of hiking through the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Did JJ's dad become a barefoot believer? Read about JJ's adventure to see how it turned out!
I wanted to share some excitement over a new-found level of my barefooting experience. I've been wearing VFFs since February of this year, each month increasing my barefooting activity. In July, I wanted to try out my VFFs while hiking in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Colorado. I opted for my VFF Bikilas, hoping to avoid the pain and blisters I get from hiking boots. My dad, an expert of the Colorado wilderness, was skeptical about my feet holding up in such "flimsy things," telling me he wasn't carrying me down the mountain when my feet gave out. Man was he impressed (and me, too!) after we climbed two trails in two days, each at 10 miles and up to elevations of 12,200 ft! My feet (and my Bikilas) lasted all day, each day, over all kinds of terrain and without a single blister! My dad made it up those trails, too, but with painful blisters from his hiking boots.
Experience is a powerful motivator- after witnessing my barefooted happiness, my dad tried on my mom's Sprints while fishing in the river!
I've included some pics from the trip.
Thanks for the story JJ. It is really neat that you share good times with your dad. GREAT pic of your dad fishing! Maybe you can hook him up with some of the new Trek Sports for the next time out.