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When Jeff Lowe of Boise decided to hike 12,662-foot Mount Borah, Idaho’s tallest peak, he tried to think about the extra things he’d need in his day pack — a flashlight, a pocket knife, extra food and water and a jacket.

But the 38-year-old graphic designer neglected to bring an extra pair of shoes. “If I had had a pair of flip-flops in my pack, I would have been the happiest guy in the world,” he said.

Steve Stuebner is a contributor to Idaho Press Outdoors. See his outdoor blog at Stueby’s Outdoor Journal.

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