How Do You Stay ‘Surefooted’ While Hiking?

Have you ever had one of those days on the trails where you're clumsy and you can't seem to get your footing right? Add a heavy pack, a little bit of dehydration, and some altitude and all of a sudden the simple act of crossing a boulder field or a stream becomes a daunting, ungraceful and often ugly task. Earlier this spring I was hiking up Mount McConnell, it's a fantastic hike with spectacular views.But there was still snow and ice on the ground and I lost the trail and ended up sliding my way down a massive pile of…