The right tools for the job: preparing for your trek

Books and Trekking Poles“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”

These are the very wise words of Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian philosopher and intellectual (so we best not doubt him). Although it’s unlikely he was referring to taking on an Inspired Adventure, his words reinforce the importance of ensuring we have the right tools (equipment) for any job (adventure).

So with 20 trekking adventures taking off between now and the end of the year, we thought we’d take the opportunity to remind you of just how important it is to have the correct gear, focussing on the ‘top three of trekking’: boots, trekking poles and hydration. Continue reading

Elaine’s elation for education

Elaine DysonInspired Adventures’ Fundraising Coordinator, Kate O’Callaghan caught up with Elaine Dyson as she prepares for her epic adventure to India in support of The Anganwadi Project. Kate chatted with Elaine about her reasons for joining the adventure, and to learn how this organisation is working to transform lives in Ahmedabad.

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These boots are made for trekking…

Boots-picIt is every trekker’s worst nightmare. You’ve prepared for an adventure, endured the blisters of breaking in your trekking boots and packed your spare laces, then halfway through your trek your boots decide they’ve had enough… Before you take off, it’s essential to look for signs that your trusted trekking boots may not be up for the journey.

 

With this simple guide your feet will stay snug and comfortable, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure of a lifetime.

First and foremost, you must check all the seams, stitching and shoelace eyelets of your boots for excessive wear and tear. If your boots are buckling under the strain of training, it is likely they will not stand up to your adventure. Next, inspect the area where the sole bonds to the upper material. If you can see gaps or places where the glue has started to deteriorate, you must have this professionally mended or face having soggy feet for the majority of your adventure.

Whether you’ve had your boots for 10 years or 10 minutes, how you care for them primarily determines how well they will hold up as you take on the world. So how can you extend the life of your boots? Chris Mein from Paddy Pallin shares his best tips:

  1. Keep them clean Clean your boots thoroughly after every trek. Dirt and grime that settle in the material can act as abrasives. Chemicals in soil, such as fertilisers and salt, can also pose a serious threat to the rubber, glue and leather of your boots.
  2. Keep them dry When drying your trekking boots, avoid extreme heat. Instead of drying your boots next to a fire or a heater, stuff them with newspaper and let them air dry. When storing your boots, ensure they are in a dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  3. Keep them Conditioned Boot conditioners work a treat on full grain leather boots. Apply the conditioner after a long trek and before setting off on a new adventure.

Don’t forget, as an Inspired Adventurer, you receive a 15% discount at Paddy Pallin when you have your boots professionally fitted by one of their footwear staff.