“Fearing the beard” — shaving and long-distance backpacking


th-1I just love my beard, when I choose to grow it (used to come out nice and auburn; now not so much!)

But you would think I’d be glad to be free of the need to shave while long-distance hiking.  Such is not the case.

I take a disposable razor and engage in “elaborating the art” every few days.  thWith all the scruffiness and grime that comes with long slogs on the trail, I value certain hygiene regimens.  Among them: placing a nice, hot, wet washcloth on my face first thing in the morning to help me wake up.  Some days it almost out-does the need for caffeine.

Almost.

While I relish the wild, I still find hiking with clean facial features preferable.

But then — I look at those magnificent beards on “Duck Dynasty…

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One response to ““Fearing the beard” — shaving and long-distance backpacking

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