Duct tape on the Appalachian Trail

English: Duct Tape as purchased in Australia

I knew it had to come to this, so we need to talk.  We need to talk about…duct tape. Yep.

I’ve only been a convert to this sticky solution for about every universal problem for five years, but I’ll never turn back.  Since I’m a believer, the next logical step is to give consideration to how the Appalachian Trail and duct tape go together.

Here’s a few ways…

Are you fresh out of moleskin or band-aids?  Why not slap a strip of duct tape onto that hot spot on your heel to prevent an uncomfortable blister from forming?

Thunder Ridge: Duct Tape Blaze (Close)

Thunder Ridge: Duct Tape Blaze (Close) (Photo credit: Vicky TGAW)

Did you sprain an ankle?  Want better stability to prevent a sprain?  Duct tape will stabilize the limb.

When mountain gales  threaten to tear your tent to shreds, reinforce the damage with duct tape.  The same goes for repairing rips on your backpack.

Even rain covers for your backpack, leaks in your rain parka or poncho, and loose joints in external pack frames get more life with the use of duct tape.

Wrap a generous length of duct tape around your water bottle both for emergencies and to deal with the leak on the container.  Wrap extra duct tape around a pencil stub and tuck it into your first-aid kit, or furl some around your hiking pole or staff.

Duct taping my heels

Duct taping my heels (Photo credit: kristiewells)

Boots will eventually lose their soles, but duct tape may be just the ticket to help hold the soles to the upper leather as you walk those last crucial miles to town to find a cobbler.

Duct tape can be used to mend frayed ends of parachute cord or mend parted backpack straps.

Mosquito netting on your tent can be reinforced with duct tape to keep those hungry pests at bay.

Stuck in a snow field without sunglasses?  Duct tape can be used to fashion goggles adequate to the task of cutting the glare from the sun.

Worst case scenario for use?  If an angry black bear is upon you, try wrapping a length around his snout.  Well, I’m just saying…

Curious about non-hiking uses?  See below article —


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Filed under Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, The Appalachian Trail, Timothy J. Hodges, Writing

One response to “Duct tape on the Appalachian Trail

  1. I’ve used duct tape for a hot spot, and it worked really well. Apparently, though, it’s not good to use it on ducts. (Learned that from listening to Car Talk.) I want to hear about it if you use it on an angry bear!

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