im full of these this year, but if you don't ask, ya still don't know...
So, what are some of the ways y'all are crossing creeks and streams? There appears to be a rather large looking stream where i'm headed and not sure best way to cross.. Take waders? Seems like a PIA.. take boots off and walk across? Not sure how to tell depth from GE but there may be a few shallower spots..
Several of my Kodiak trips involved crossing small rivers that came up to my crotch. We always brought waders so I simply crossed, changed to boots and left the waders until my return. It depends on how far from camp the crossing is.
If you decide to strip down, take a small pair of shoes or something else. It's really easy to hurt yourself crossing rocky bottom streams and the muddy ones can have sharp sticks.
If the creek is below my knees I just use my gaiters and a small cinch strap above my ankles at the top of the boot (and of course over the gaiters), cinch it down, walk across and your done, if there is any leakage it will be minimal.
I carried a light weight pair of shower shoes when I knew I would have to cross a bigger stream. They worked, but be careful those rocks are slimy and slippery, and that water will freeze your feet in a hurry.
Now....I would go with the Wiggy`s. Long ago I used these cheap vinyl waders and water/beach shoes. The foot area are more like socks than waders. I did this in Alaska as there was only a few streams I had to cross and didn`t want to hunt in waders the whole time. Carried them right in my pack.
Not a stupid question at all. If it's a regular, daily planned crossing, waders are the way to go and you just stash them and mark them with a GPS. I have a public land WT spot I do the same thing.
For unexpected crossings, it depends. I prefer a log or rock hopping if it's small enough. If it's mid-calf or shallower, if you have good gaiters, you can make it across quickly without getting any water to your socks. Other than that, it's water socks/cheap foam flip flops, or bare feet.
If it's deep I'd bring stocking waders without the boots (if you have to pack them far). Deeper, faster water I would definitely use a pair of trekking poles so you don't slip and end up down river or knock your head on a rock! If shallow, I take my boots and socks off and cross.
I tried making my own also, worked so so..... I have a new spot to hunt in the big woods, and to get around the area, have to cross deep trout stream. Do not want to leave any trace, that I am using this way for my entry way. So no logs, or planks or anything like that....
Hodgman has packable chest waders, one size fits all, for 15.00 thru Cabelas, ordering some this pm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they will fit in my day pack...............
I like to hunt like a ghost,,,,,,,,,,,, this will be for whitetails,,,,,,,,
You can use your Sno-sealed (or whatever brand of boot "grease" you like) hiking boots with your good rain pants (KUIU Chugach & Helly Hansen Impertech for me). Just use shoe laces, parachute cord, or better yet, wide Velcro straps to wrap the rain pants as tight as possible over your boots. I've crossed some decent streams in them and stayed dry....wouldn't want to spend extended time in the water cutting up a moose or caribou or fishing, but to cross a stream it works fine. And all I've added to the pack is the cord or velcro closers. Good luck on your hunt!