I am a writer, a physical therapist, and a hiker.
I read a lot of backpacking magazines and participate in a lot of backpacking communities, both online and in person, and amidst all the talk of gear and cooking and ultralight vs superultralight and trails I noticed that no one really talks about hiking injuries, how to prevent them, and how to get back on the trail once you have them.
So I’d like to fill in some of those gaps as best as I can.
I am a licensed physical therapist in Illinois and Texas, a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. I have hiked to Mount Everest, around the amazing beauty of Torres del Paine in Patagonia, through the amazing high Sierra of the John Muir Trail, into the high country of Wyoming, with the crowds of the White Mountains, through the tundra of Alaska and among the rivers and forests and Great Lakes all over the midwest. I am learning desert hiking here in Austin, TX, while preparing for a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015.
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