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i spent a lot of time walking and hiking this week - logged over 20 miles in 90-100 degree weather and stinky humidity.
what i used from the ground up: balega socks and running shoes for flat areas, midweight merino wool socks and non-gore tex trail runners for trails. brought water shoes but they stayed in the bag, ended up rock hopping my way across a few streams. my feet were very happy, actually. my trail runners look like they were dipped in the dead sea with all the salt crusted on the outside.
running shorts, light wicking briefs/t-shirt. /shirt - did pretty well, but still drenched pretty quickly.
100 ounce hydration reservoir plus 1 liter bottle. took vitamins (calcium/magnesium zinc helps ward off cramping); staying hydrated and snacking on relatively short intervals was crucial - no cramps, no heat symptoms.
hats were a low point. cotton tilley hat and an old cotton ballcap both felt too hot, and most of the water i encountered was too stagnant to consider dipping my hats, so i stuck them in the pack and used sunblock (even in my hair). hats only useful for the stray rainshower.
dry bags inside my pack - not only kept the rain off, but kept the sweat and hydration reservoir condensation away from my stuff. really digging a new eVent dry bag.
what i might benefit from:
-anything else you take on hot/humid trips that i may be missing?
-i have never had much luck with button down shirts in summer, but any thoughts about a short-sleeved button down shirt that dries quickly? i might be willing to try that.
-the cotton hats have usually been OK if i can get them wet, but that wasn't an option. suggestions for lightweight hats? i'm thinking a cheap straw hat would have been a huge improvement.