No matter how long your walk, you need to make sure you are as comfortable as you can be along the route. But, for long distance walks, you need to prepare well to make sure you complete the route and enjoy the walk.
You have a lot to think about before heading off on a long distance walk. Don't find yourself a few miles into the walk, when it's too late to turn back, and realise you've left something behind, or chosen a bad piece of walking kit.
Preparation is important. If you don't prepare well for a long distance walk, you will regret it. Just imagine how disappointed you'd be if you could not complete your long distance walk because you'd not prepared one small detail. All the time and money wasted.
Deciding which shoes to take when you go travelling is a challenge. Where you are travelling is important. And, what you plan to do when you get there makes a difference in your decision on which shoes to take travelling.
You also need to think about the amount of space shoes take up in your baggage. I like to travel light and try to take a bag which is no more than 40 litres. That means I have to think hard about which shoes I take. In addition, I have big feet (size 13) which means my shoes take up more space in a bag then most people.
That's why having multi-purpose travelling shoes is important. The less shoes I can take, the better.
If you’ve longed for a winter jacket to keep you warm during your outdoor adventures, then take note!
I’m lucky enough to own a Berghaus Tephra Jacket (£144 at Go Outdoors), a down-filled jacket which I would not be without now when hiking through the hills. It’s fantastic. Added to that, I have a Berghaus Extrem 5000 Waterproof Jacket. It’s the best waterproof jacket I’ve ever had. It’s tough, waterproof, breathable and designed with outdoor people in mind. The combination of the jackets means I stay warm and dry, no questions asked.
Walking shoes aren’t good for real walking, are they? That’s what I thought until I wore a pair of Oboz Firebrand II BDRY Low waterproof shoes.
Why was I so sceptical about walking shoes? I’ve been brought with years of wearing boots for walking and hiking. In the early 80s, I wore walking boots in Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Lake District. In the late 80s, I wore army boots in the hills and mountains of Germany, Denmark, Kenya, Northern Ireland and in the USA. Along came the early 90s, and I wore lightweight walking boots while cycling down Africa for a year.
I don’t know if you’ve been watching Levison Wood’s latest adventure travel documentary ‘From Russia to Iran: Crossing Wild Frontiers’ on Channel 4. It’s a fascinating journey through the Caucasus Mountains by him and his local guides, largely on foot, sometimes in cars or ambulances, and occasionally on horses and carts.
Levison Wood, an ex-paratrooper, takes you through the wildly beautiful region of former Soviet republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Azerbaijan, meeting some fascinating and friendly local people.
He shows the stunning Caucasus in detail which you rarely see. Ancient buildings and settlements, landscapes which, in his words, “Put the Grand Canyon to shame”, and people who have adapted to the brutal realities of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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