What should I do if my hiking socks get wet during outdoor hiking?

2021-05-31

It is normal for socks to be wet during outdoor hiking and climbing. No matter what hiking shoes you wear, walking on rainy days, sunny skies and hot days, passing through dewy grass areas, different environmental scenarios, different physical fitness , Different equipment will cause different degrees of damp socks, what should I do if the hiking socks are wet?

The following methods are for wicking and breathable chemical fiber mountaineering socks or wool socks. If your socks are thick cotton socks or sports socks with mostly cotton content, these methods are not suitable, please do not try to dry them.

Slight dampness on the front end of the hiking sock:

For the slight dampness of the front end of the socks caused by sweat, there is a feeling of dampness and coldness during rest. At this time, the outer layer of the shoes is usually dry, and the inner layer is also slightly damp at the front end. It usually occurs when the weather is very good, the foot travels quickly, and a lot of sweat in the case of. The way to deal with it is to put on a pair of dry socks after arriving at the camp or destination, and then put the slightly damp socks in the pockets of the down jackets, which are almost dry before going to bed.

For the moderate dampness of the socks caused by sweat (when the water is not wrung out):

It is obvious that the socks are damp when wearing them, which is usually caused by the physique that is naturally prone to sweating a lot, or the outer layer of the shoes is already damp in light rain, and the effect of sweat evaporation in the shoes is not good. In this case, the wet socks can be put on the kettle with hot water first, and the water in the socks is quickly evaporated by the hot water. At this time, it is obvious that a large amount of white smoke is emitted from the wet socks. Wait until the hot water temperature of the kettle After descending, you can repeat the operation with heated water until the socks are significantly dry. Put them in a sleeping bag when you sleep. Dry socks can be used the next morning.

For the moderate dampness of the socks caused by sweat (when the water is not wrung out):

It is obvious that the socks are damp when wearing them, which is usually caused by the physique that is naturally prone to sweating a lot, or the outer layer of the shoes is already damp in light rain, and the effect of sweat evaporation in the shoes is not good. In this case, the wet socks can be put on the kettle with hot water first, and the water in the socks is quickly evaporated by the hot water. At this time, it is obvious that a large amount of white smoke is emitted from the wet socks. Wait until the hot water temperature of the kettle After descending, you can repeat the operation with heated water until the hiking socks are significantly dry. Put them in a sleeping bag when you sleep. Dry socks can be used the next morning.

The socks during the travel are breathable:

Weather permitting, you can take off your shoes to let the hiking socks breathe, or even take off the socks and place them on hot stones, which can alleviate the damp feeling of the socks.

The shoes are not damaged, but the socks are severely wet:

Wearing undamaged rain boots can cause severe dampness of the socks in various situations, usually caused by rainwater, failure of the waterproof layer of the shoes, slipping in the stream, etc. At this time, the dampness of the socks can be squeezed out. To dry the socks, the first step is to wring out the water as much as possible, pour out the water in the shoes, and then treat them as moderately damp socks. Please refer to the second item above.

Severe dampness of socks caused by damaged shoes:

Regarding the severe dampness of the socks caused by various conditions, the shoes are also damp to a certain degree, evaluate the dampness of your shoes, and find out the reason for the leakage of the shoes, such as the failure to deal with the leakage of the shoes (such as Gore-Tex failure, damage), which You can wring the socks dry repeatedly without drying them, because damp shoes will still wet the socks, unless you walk more than six or seven days, and the weather is fine every day, completely damp hiking shoes have a chance to dry. In a short-day trip, you can only endure to go down the mountain. Of course, you should put on dry socks when you go to bed at night at the camp, and then put on wet socks when you travel the next day.