BAREFOOT!
DUE TO THE BAREFOOTER QRP TRANSCEIVER!

(1979)

KLIK HIER VOOR DE NEDERLANDSE VERSIE


1979


Due to the Barefooter QRP transceiver, I did walk barefoot where others do wear thick hiking shoes.
Walking barefoot in the woods... It was a crazy but also very nice experiment!
But the serious hikes were made with thick hiking shoes.

Barefoot in the woods! Of course we started carefully on the soft woodsoil.
But quite soon we had to walk barefoot on sharp branches and stones in the woods!

Barefoot in the woods due to the Barefooter QRP transceiver!
Holidays in Norway and Sweden! Very often, we were camping at very isolated places in the woods. Even barefoot, due to the Barefooter QRP transceiver! As on a camping in the beginning of our holidays, I showed my small QRP transceiver with Barefoot Power to a few boys. One of them told that he did like to walk barefoot in the woods and even in the snow when it is not colder than -3C. I thought that it was absolutely impossible, but it was also a nice challenge. In the deserted nature with a very simple transceiver and very sober on bare feet as an extra challenge!
Camping barefoot in nature without any facilities! Freedom! Simplicity! Pure Nature! Walking barefoot in the woods, I had never done that before! Of course it was silly to walk barefoot in the woods. A normal person does not do that! Barefoot on branches, stones and even thistles and with cold red toes in the woods, that has to be really horrible! We had expected that it would be a real torture for my bare feet, but that was not the case. I did feel the branches and stones quite well but they were not really painful for my bare feet. It was even very nice to feel where you are walking on. On bare feet you do have a much better contact with the nature and you will experience the hike in nature much more intense! First put down your toes and then your heels, you have to learn that. And walk carefully. Barefoot for that real Back to Basics sensation! Unbelievable, walking barefoot in the woods during a few hour was not a problem at all! But the serious hikes were made with thick hiking shoes of course.

Many stones! In the beginning, it was very strange to walk barefoot. But after a few days
that did go much better and it was not a problem at all to walk barefoot on these stones!
It was even very nice not only to see, but also to feel where you are walking.

Barefoot in the woods! Back to nature! To feel where you are walking on!
First put down your toes and then your heels, you have to learn that.

Where the others did wear thick hiking shoes, I had to walk barefoot on sharp branches and stones.
How painful is that? Here it could be tried out! We did try to find real challenges for my bare feet!

But I did feel the branches and stones quite well but they were not really painful for my bare feet.
It was even very nice to feel where you are walking!

Back to basic! A portable station on bare feet, that was the new challenge.
Barefoot in nature where we normally go with thick hiking shoes!

Portable station on bare feet. Barefoot to the places in nature where we had to work portable.
A little suffering is normal, of course we want to know where the limits are of that portable station on bare feet!


Red ice cold toes after a long hike barefoot in the snow! After a few times, getting used to the cold did go much
easier and then I did not understand why that was so unbearable cold the first time. After some experience,
it was very nice and not a problem at all to make a walk of a few hours barefoot in the snow!
But do never go barefoot in the snow when it is colder than -3C!

Barefoot in the snow!
Barefoot in the snow... That is also possible if it is not colder than -3C. In June, there was still much snow in the mountains. Of course it was really crazy to go barefoot over there! The first time, the cold was so unbearable, that I thought that I would die. But there was no spot without snow, so I had to go on. And suddenly, after a few minutes, that unbearable feeling disappeared. Then it felt as if I could walk barefoot to the North Pole. After a few times, getting used to the cold was much easier and then I did not understand anymore why it was so unbearable cold the first times. It was unbelievable that after some practice, I could walk barefoot in the snow and on ice during one hour without any problems! Sometimes I even did forget that I did walk barefoot in the snow!

Working QRP portable at such nice places!
What do you want more...

Barefoot in the snow for a hike and to work portable!

Of course I had cold bare feet and ice cold red toes, that is unavoidable and normal. It was nice to walk barefoot in the snow and on the ice of a still frozen mountain lake, also because we, modern people, do not do that anymore and find it horrible to see. Often I also did go for a walk on bare feet in the snow and on ice during the winter. But then it should not be colder than -3 to -4C! Fresh snow during the winter is very soft and not so cold and hard as the melting snow in Norway and Sweden during holidays. And ice is not very slippery!


Still much snow on the still half frozen mountain lakes!
Often I also made hikes during the winter on bare feet in the
snow and on the ice. But then it should not be colder than -3 to -4C!

During winter portable on bare feet on the ice! Everybody was looking at my bare feet on the ice!
My friends did find those bare feet with ice cold red toes on the ice horrible to see!
Ice cold, sometimes even numb toes are unavoidable of course, you have to learn to get used to that.

Barefoot on ice
It was freezing -6C and everybody had cold feet. Very understandable that they thought that I had gone mad when I did pull of my shoes and socks and did go barefoot on the ice. My bare feet on the ice, they found it horrible to see! Barefoot on the ice, that was cold but not slippery. We made a bet. I should try to walk barefoot on the ice during 15 minutes. I did win the bet and did even go on the ice for half an hour! But -6C was too cold for my bare feet, the whole evening I had tingling toes.
But the next day it was freezing only 1 to 3 degrees and then it was possible to walk barefoot on the ice during many hours. We wanted to work portable on the ice with the Barefooter QRP transceiver and that succeeded. And after that we did make a long walk on the ice to the boat. Barefoot on the ice, of course with ice cold red toes, as that is unavoidable. Unbelievable that it was so easy and even pleasant to walk barefoot on the ice, although those bare feet on the ice were horrible to see for the others! Of course it was crazy to see: Thick winter clothes and then barefoot on the ice and my ice cold red bare toes on the ice between all those thick winter shoes of my friends.


It is possible and even nice to walk barefoot on the ice!
But it should not be colder than -3 to -4C!

Do you also want to try to walk barefoot in the snow or on the ice?

0 to -2 C: Does not feel super cold. You can walk barefoot in the snow and on ice without any problems.
-3 to -4 C: Does feel much colder, but you can still walk barefoot in the snow or on the ice.
-5 to -6 C: Does feel really ice cold, is too cold and you can only walk very short barefoot in the snow and on ice.
< -6 C: Going barefoot in the snow or on ice is asking for problems.

BAREFOOT IN AN ICE COLD WINTER LANDSCAPE

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