Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota ~ "Soles in touch with nature"

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Group Publicity 

  • In June of 2006, the New York Times published an article titled "Footloose and Boot Free: Barefoot Hiking" based on their reporter's participation in one of our hikes.  It was quite an honor for our group!  The article provides a great introduction to barefoot hiking.

  • In May of 2007, the St. Paul Pioneer Press also published an article titled "Tough soles: Barefoot hikers get in touch with the earth" after one of their reporters joined our group for a hike.  It was more great recognition - this time from the "hometown press"!

  • Also in 2007, Natural Solutions magazine (formerly Alternative Medicine) published an article titled "Outside Insight: walking meditation" that includes references to our group and quotes from one of our members.

  • In September of 2009, Sun Newspapers featured a story titled "Lakeville barefoot hikers helps start group to support Dakota County parks" that describes one member's efforts to help generate public support for their local county park system.

  • Outdoors author Kate Havelin joined some group members for a hike in the fall of 2010 and wrote this article, "Discover Barefoot Hiking", for the Summer 2011 edition of Minnesota Trails magazine.

  • In May of 2011, on-line gear guide published an article titled "How to Run or Hike Barefoot on the Trail", an introduction to barefoot running and hiking that features a few of our members. 

  • In May of 2012, Eagan TV videographer Dan Callahan met up with some group members at Lebanon Hills Regional Park to produce "Barefoot in the Park", a video segment that exposes viewers to the joys of barefoot hiking.

  • In June of 2012, the Minneapolis Star Tribune featured an article higlighting a variety of Twin Cities hiking clubs, including our own group, titled "Hiking groups walk this way".  It includes sidebars with the groups' contact information and favorites hikes.

  • In April of 2014, our group was featured on WCCO-TV's Finding Minnesota segment in an episode titled "Finding Minnesota: Barefoot Hiking" .

Other Information

  • An invaluable resource for all barefoot hiking enthusiasts is Richard Frazine's "The Barefoot Hiker".  Available on-line in its entirety, this book provides a wealth of information for new and experienced hikers alike.

  • Many barefoot hikers belong to the Society for Barefoot Living, an Internet group that promotes going barefoot in all aspects of our lives.

  • The Society for Barefoot Living maintains a "Barefoot Hikers" page at their web site that includes some introductory information, a list of hiking groups, publicity items, and a collection of additional resources.

  • Would you like to help preserve and expand the great barefoot hiking opportunities our state has to offer?  Then consider joining the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, a non-profit organization that exists to "acquire, protect and enhance critical lands for the public's enjoyment now and in the future".