Lesson #6 – take care of your boots
It’s not just your feet that need looking after. Keep your boots clean and allow air to dry them as much as possible. On a trek even if I can do nothing else I will pull out and air the insoles. Clean boots also allow the pores to breath – thus helping to keep your feet a bit dryer for a bit longer. Old newspaper is great for drying boots. Be sure to remove the first set of paper after about ten minutes – it’s likely to be sodden and unable to absorb any more water. Replace with more paper or leave your boots just to air out.
Finally, remember these sage words also inherited from my Sergeant Major: “Any fool can be uncomfortable”. Look after yourself – and now go and enjoy some mountains!
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