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New boots 'need wearing in'

Posted 22 June 2012
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New boots 'need wearing in'
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For those seeing summer as a great time to put on a pair of walking boots and explore the great outdoors, there may be much to consider.

Waterproofs will be important if the current weather patterns continue and, for those taking up walking, the next soggy day will never be too far off. For those in the know, these can be great days out - especially when visiting a waterfall.

Summer will also bring the risk of sunburn if it does get sunny, often accelerated by getting hot and sweaty, while those heading into Scotland and the northernmost parts of England may need plenty of repellent to keep away midges and other biting insects.

But besides these and other issues of equipment, the simple reality is that a new pair of boots needs to be properly worn in before setting out on an exhibition.

One man who may know this as well as any is Jason De Carteret, one of the team that broke the record for the fastest journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

That trip may have owed a lot to their polar driver vehicle, Most of Mr De Carteret's adventures have been on foot and involved lots of walking.

He said of boots: "The golden rule is to never go on a trek with brand new boots. The idea is that you have got to have boots that are really well worn in, very comfortable and you can walk in them all day and you don’t get any blisters. As soon as you get a blister, your whole trek experience just turns into something completely different."

Such advice applies whether that is a trek on polar ice, in the Himalayan foothills or across the mountains and moors of Britain.

At the same time, walkers should note the kind of boots they have are a good fit and are suitable for the terrain and conditions. For instance, at three or four season boot may be far more effective when the wintry weather returns a few months from now.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801391691-ADNFCR