Don't wash all of your wool socks at the same time!
by Dave Stevenson
Wool socks are warm, but they don't dry out very quickly in wet weather!
On a long backpacking trip we arrived at a camp where we would stay for two days, and I decided to use that time to wash all of my Wigwam wool hiking socks and liners. It was a beautiful day with sunshine, and I planned to hang the socks on a line to dry.
After washing them, I hung them out and then noticed the clouds rolling in. The next several days were rainy, damp and dreary, and because no campfires were allowed in that area, it took me four days to finally get all of those socks dry.
I hung them off the back of my backpack, put them out to dry every chance I got, but without much sunshine it was a lost cause.
Fortunately, I had a pair of cotton socks that mistakenly got into my pack, so I used them with one of the pairs of liners that had dried out, but it was certainly not a good situation.
DO NOT wash all of your socks at the same time on the trail! If you do, you'll probably be sorry!
By the way, check out the photo up above showing how hiking poles can be useful in drying your socks.
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