Outdoor Discoveries

It's amazing how things develop. After all, this blog started out as a news section for the rest of the website. With encouragement from readers, it has become a place for relating my countryside wanderings and musings about the world of outdoor activity. Walking, cycling and photography all are part of what I do out-of-doors and, hopefully, they will continue to inspire me to keep adding entries on here. Of course, there needs to be something of interest to you, dear reader, too and I hope that's the case. Thanks for coming.

Ideas for breaking in boots

10th October 2007

While on my Sunday morning stroll, I got to pondering plans for breaking in the Scarpa boots that I have had since August. At the time that these thoughts came into my mind, I was wetting my Salomon Extend Lows in the grass and got to thinking that the terrain over which I was travelling would be good for breaking in boots. I haven’t taken the new boots out of the house since I got them so it is time that they started to get some wear.

I am not so worried about the footbed and so forth but it is the stiff ankle support that could give me trouble if I don’t give it a chance to develop a little flexibility. I wasn’t so judicious with the Salomons that were their predecessors and I learnt the hard way. I particularly remember one excursion near Dolgellau where a steep downhill descent seared itself into my memory; I was thankful that I had trail shoes in my pack. I won’t be making that mistake again.

So my plot is take the Scarpas out and about around Macclesfield. I’ll start with the level; the Macclesfield Canal sounds a convenient option before starting to traverse field paths, upping the ante as I go. I haven’t anything more definite than that in mind for now but it sounds like a good start.

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