Summer mountain walking, Welsh 3000's and navigation
Mountain walking is far from being a high tech sport but certain items are
essential. Hence, High Trek provides wet weather gear, rucsacs, hats, gloves,
maps and compasses.
Boots are the only specialist item you will need. Trainers ARE NOT suitable
since they do not give enough support, especially when carrying a rucksack,
are not waterproof and can be dangerously slippery. Walking shoes are also not
suitable. If you do not have any walking boots, we have a
small stock here which you are welcome to loan. Please let us know your size
If you do decide to buy, look for waterproof boots - leather is best. Fabric boots lined with a waterproof/breathable membrane such as Sympatex,
Gore-Tex work best in cold dry conditions rather than continuously wet weather
Look for boots which will give good ankle support and have a non-slip tread. Sewn-in
tongues, ankle padding and easy-lace hooks are all plus points and Vibram
soles are best if you can afford them. Overall, boots for hill walking and
trekking in summer should flex fairly easily toe to heel but remain stiff from
side to side.
A boot should feel evenly tight with adequate toe room to allow for descending.
The heel of the boot should fit snugly around the heel
of your foot. Wear your new boots around the house for a short while and then
take them back and change them if they're uncomfortable. When you're sure
they're the boots for you, rub in some waterproofer and use them for gradually
increasing walks to break them in.
We like the loopstitch variety. This looks like towelling
and is very comfortable but any thick (preferably not
cotton) sock will do. Don't worry if you have nothing
suitable. We keep spare pairs around just in case. Most
people recommend wearing two pairs of socks. We find one
enough in summer - it's up to you!