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LA SPORTIVA SYNTHESIS SURROUND GTX

Don’t just take our word for these boots – last year Backpacker Magazine gave them the Editors’ Choice award. Breathable yet waterproof, light yet sturdy, these things are ready to tackle anything in your path. Constructed with a midsole that is unified with the upper, these innovative boots are great for long day hikes because of how well they ventilate your entire foot. The unique construction gives you the ability to wick moisture and heat – so you can completely avoid getting blisters while keeping rain and muck from getting in.

SYNTHESIS MID GTX IS AROUND : USD $185.00

A mid-cut, versatile hiker with highly breathable Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology designed for moving fast on all types of hiking terrain.

FEATURES

• Innovative Nano-Cell™ Technology upper wraps the foot in protection while allowing maximum breathability and waterproof protection

• Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology allows 360 degree breathability without compromising the waterproof nature of the boot

• STB™ Technology stabilizes the foot by wrapping and unifying the midsole with the upper for the perfect locked-down fit

• AWARDS: Backpacker - Editors' Choice 2015, Outdoor Industry Award 2014

PRODUCT INFORMATION

ITEM NUMBER: 14P
SIZES: 38 - 47.5 (half sizes)
WEIGHT: 14.6 oz (415g)
LAST: Tempo
UPPER: AirMesh / Nano-Cell™ direct injection / PU leather
LINING: Gore-Tex® Surround™
MIDSOLE: Compression molded EVA / TPU inserts
SOLE: Vibram® Nano with Impact Brake System™

Invasion by Brooks Range Mountaineering

Thinking of buying ultra light, but fully functional tent made with advance tech. Don’t look further than the Invasion from Brooks Range Mountaineering. We have used this particular tent during our tour in Nepal Rolwaning valley in 2015. This single wall tent is mounted on a single spine with three crossing poles that are clicked together giving stability and strength. Cover and base is made from nylon fabric and keeps you dry and protected from the weather and wind. Another advantage is the tent is relatively low when pitched, and streamlined shape minimizes the impact of wind and weather. If you explore outdoor alone or with a companion, this would fill your requirement and it has sufficient space to keep your gear and packs and pitched in few minutes.  

 

Facts:

·      Manufacturer: Brooks Range Mountaineering

·      Size: 104" x 50" x 40" / approx. 30sq ft.

·      Design: Single wall with single spine aluminium supported by 3 poles click on spine. 

·      Base and cover: Nylon

·      Wight: 1.7 Kg complete pack

·      Color: Yellow

The North Face Front Point Summit Series Jacket

This is ultimate top end jacket is made for all kind of terrains. It has 3 membranes, gortex and breathable. I used this jacket during our last trek in to Yalung Ri summit tour. It comes with 2 harness friendly pockets with a helmet compatible hood with a stiff front end keeping it shape on the head. It is also complimented with fully adjustable arm end cuff for better articulation and movement. If you are serious alpinist or a climber or a trekker, this one multifunctional jacket you will not disappoint.

 

·      Gore-Tex, Tex stretch pro shell

·      Enhanced water resistance

·      - Stretch Gore-Tex Pro inserts under arms, elbows & back shoulders

·      Compatible helmet hood with stiff front collar

·      Harness friendly 2 side pockets

·      - Internal mesh pockets and water bottle pocket

HIKING SHOES REVIEW

MAMMUT RULER MEN

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I wore this Single Shell Velours Leather shoe during our tour in Rolwaling valley in 2015. This is a super functional light shoe and very comfortable for lower alpine and highlands during fall and winter. It comes with Mammut signature gripex system giving secure foot wherever you are on and off trail. It is very streamlined and simplified skin gives a very sleek look, durable and multifunctional packed with innovative techs. Improved Reptilia sole helps balance and movement, provides comfort and warmth to your feet. Its multi layer design absorbs the moisture and dries fast keeping you dry and warm always.

 

Facts:

·      Upper: Velours Leather Single Shell

·      Material: 3D Textile, Microfiber, Footmapping

·      Outsole: gripex TM Iguana sole

·      Midsole: EVA Superlight, Kevlar cover Ed

·      Weight: 835-gram aprox.

·      Cut: Lower

WALKING – WHAT’S THE POINT?

 ANSWER ...

What is the point? It’s another New Year – you’ve drunk your fill, had too many roast dinners, and grimace at the thought of ever eating another After Eight. You may be feeling slightly guilty, and as it’s that time of year, that exercise resolution you’ve committed to is the first voice in your head whispering shortly after you’ve tapped the snooze button. You groan, hear the tapping of light rain on the window and come to the simple conclusion that it’s far warmer in bed, and anything can wait until tomorrow. Trouble is, it could be raining the same time tomorrow as well.

If you don’t like walking as a means to keep fit, then simply don’t do it. It’s not difficult to fathom out that if you don’t enjoy a particular form of exercise, then your motivation to actually go and do it won’t be exactly, well, motivating. You could probably go against your inner grain, what you know to be true, and force yourself out for a few miles every day to keep tabs on your new year’s resolution. However, if it ain’t your thing, then choose something you do enjoy, or perhaps used to enjoy when you did it years ago. Maybe swimming, cycling, running, yoga, a game of football. Whatever used to inspire you, probably still will.

However, if you do like to walk or hike, or at least used to, let me try and induce some form of physical response. These are the main reasons I walk, and the reasons I know, from my experiences to be true.

It’s cheap

Theoretically, it shouldn’t cost you anything. We all have some form of suitable footwear, a warm jacket lurking in the wardrobe, a hat and gloves for when it really bites out there. Walking is the one form of activity that you can take up without reaching for your wallet or scanning the pages in Amazon’s hiking department.


As you progress, there is gear that will help you. Waterproof boots perhaps, more comfortable base layers such as wool, a waterproof jacket possibly. Nice gear will help but use what stuff you have now, and if you need to, buy yourself something as a reward after a few weeks.

Almost anyone can do it

From infants to those in their nineties, and older, barring physical disabilities, we can all walk. It requires no training to start, no studying, and as mentioned above, no financial outlay. Walking is a natural instinct we all have.
You may perhaps be carrying a few more pounds than you’d like, but even you, yes you, can manage to get out and go for a quarter of a mile.
Work up from there – your body will always adapt to do what you are asking it to do. Believe me, if you can do that quarter mile on day one, in six months’ time it is not beyond the realms of possibility that it could be thirty with a backpack. Hard to believe? No, it’s true.
Repeatedly partaking in a physical activity teaches the body one thing; that it needs to adapt to the task you are asking of it. Basically, the more you do it, the better you become. You’ll lose weight, gain muscle, become quicker, be able to walk for longer but above all, you’ll feel good for it.

There’s a low chance of injury

You can get injured walking, I’ve been there myself. However, I’ve never been injured whilst training, out for a few miles just topping up the fitness levels. I have come a cropper out in the wilds, with a pack, but carrying 20 kilos at 10,000 elevation whilst trying to pull in a thirty mile day is completely different to the walking I’m trying to encourage.
Walking is a gentle form of exercise. It is an impact exercise but an extremely low form of it. You can keep your chances of injury very low by sticking to some easy principles:

Try and walk off road. Easier said than done at this time of year when a lot of the countryside is water logged but tarmac walking is harder on the muscles. Great if you want to toughen your soles for some far bigger hiking later in the year, but stay off it if you can. You shouldn’t get injured on hard surfaces if you’re sensible, and better on them than nothing at all.
Don’t walk too far too soon. Some of you can go and walk for perhaps three miles after not exercising for years, others may only manage a quarter of a mile. Stick to what you feel comfortable with and don’t get carried away by doing more than you should.
Gradually increase your distance, I’d suggest upping by a half mile to mile each week, obviously depending on how much you kicked off with.
Keep your speed to around two to three miles per hour. Most of us walk at three miles per hour on flat ground, this is an average. If you’re unfit, or carrying a few extra pounds, then this will be lower. Increasing your speed increases your chance of injury.
Don’t carry any weight in a pack, save perhaps some rain gear, water and a snack. Leave backpacks for a few weeks’ time.

Walking gets us outside

If you don’t get out in the countryside that often, it’s hard to explain, and even harder to quantify how it makes you feel. Because all your attention needs to focus on is foot placement, the mind is free to wander.

Clean air is a wonderful tonic. After spending most of our time in either an office or our house, where modern technology limits air flow, your lungs will love you out in the woods, the oxygen is richer out there.
Getting outside takes you away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. The environment might seem unfamiliar at first but one thing you will notice is how less stressful everything is.

Get your dose of Vitamin D

Although we can obtain some of the wonder vitamin from foods such as oily fish, meat and eggs, the easiest and most abundant source is sunlight. Vitamin D has created a lot of press over the past couple of years but the essential benefits are helping the body to absorb calcium and phosphorus – both essential for healthy teeth and bones.

Sunshine also makes you feel great!

walking wakes you up 

A struggle it may be to get up somewhat earlier (and I can relate to this because I struggle sometimes early mornings), but it does wake you up. By the time you have returned from your early morning adventure, I guarantee you’ll feel fantastic, albeit a little sore during the first few weeks. You’re wide awake, able to perform your morning tasks with ease and the day seems smoother.

Winds you down

Conversely, if you choose to walk in the evening after work, walking winds you down. Despite exercising, your muscles will thank you for the favour. Your appetite will increase because you’re burning more calories and food will be more enjoyable. It relaxes you for the evening and prepares the body for a more restful sleep.

Provides thinking space

I touched on a few articles just browsing the web last year concerning how walking promotes better and more productive thinking time. This was something I knew already and had noticed when I first started.
Most of lead busy lives, meaning we have little time to think, at least about the important stuff. We think we have time to get in our heads, but usually it’s confined to the last few minutes before we fall asleep, which isn’t much time at all.
With walking, away from work or home, our lives are simplified somewhat. It’s not hectic, all we have to really do is watch where we are going. This frees up the mind and we can use it to wander mentally. Instead of skipping over the surface of aspects of our lives we feel we need to look at, we are able to look at them in depth, and more importantly, find the answers we are looking for.
To take it to the extreme, when on a thru-hike for several months, we can really dive deep down into our own heads. I explained this in The Last Englishman, my Pacific Crest Trail book. I wasn’t aware of it at first but found myself thinking so much about my life that I led back home, that I was able to dissect it at great depth, figure out what I was doing wrong and how I could be a better person. It’s better explained by my writing in the book:

When we look back as an outsider to the lives we left, we can act as an impartial observer and see what we are doing wrong, what we can improve on and what we are doing right. Call it a reality check, if you like. Sometimes we are aware of how we can improve our lives, but when we are actually embroiled in them, changes are difficult to make. An escape to nature is a perfect time to take one step back and study the situation we have left. Invariably we return as improved individuals with passionate ideas on how to be better people.

Lose weight

Self-explanatory really! I’d hope we are all happy with our bodies, whatever shape or size but we do also know that carrying excess weight exposes us to a whole host of health issues. It’s simple, the more you walk, when coupled with watching what you eat, means we lose weight.

Raging Endorphins!

Endorphins are morphine-like chemicals produced by the body that help diminish pain while triggering positive feelings. Exercise is one of the best ways to release these crazy little characters. Remember when you played in that football match, swam for what seemed like an eternity, got lost in a decent run or returned from a mammoth bike ride? You get home, cool down, have a drink or a snack and realise how tired you are? Shortly after, perhaps after you’ve taken a shower, you feel the urge to take one of those rewarding, deep sighs coupled with a deep breath. You feel great! This is the endorphin effect and simply put, it’s the bodies’ way of saying;

‘That was fantastic! I really enjoyed it, can we do it more often? I’m a little fitter now, in a better position to sleep well, deal with illness and injury. Thanks!’

Ever seen a dog in the park suddenly just go berserk and start running around in circles, or changing direction quickly for no reason. They look happy and they are! This is the same thing, their endorphins are running riot and unlike us, dogs manifest this feeling physically.
It’s the body rewards system and it’s a no brainer. It loves you exercising and wants to make you feel good as a reward, and in the hope that you’ll go out and do it again.

These are the main reasons I walk.

January 11, 2016 By Keith Foskett 

EXPERT ADVICE - HIKING BASICS!

What is Hiking? 

Our bodies were designed for motion and need to move in order to stay fit and healthy. Walking is one of the best exercises there is for your body. It doesn't stress your joints as much as running does, but still gets your body working hard enough for it to benefit from the exercise. Walking can be an excellent complement to running, or at least to ultra running, especially for the longer distances (e.g. 100K, 100M) and for mountain courses. In some respects, it is probably even better than pure running in developing a deep base of endurance. Hiking is walking. So it is good for you, but it is more than just walking. It’s also communing with nature.

 

Now combine the one of the best exercises there is, walking, with some of the most spectacular beauty to be found on our planet, nature, and you have hiking, or walking in the wilderness. You can go for a walk just about anywhere. You can walk around the block or the neighbourhood. You can walk to work or to school. You can even go for a walk in the park. They are all good for you, but none of these walks really constitutes hiking. When you go for a walk in the wilderness, in a part of the world that has not been transformed by man, then your walking becomes hiking. When hiking, because your walking is in the wilderness, you have to depend and rely more on yourself – your skills and abilities. Hiking gives walking a different feel or flavour.

 

Hiking lets you to be a part of your surrounding, gives opportunity to explore and absorb the nature and its elements. Its intended to enjoy nature, learn people and culture. Hence it broadens your perspective of the world and enriches your knowledge, your perspectives and understanding of diverse world communities. Hiking is usually undertaken on foot, as a journey to reach intended destination. A hike can be a single day or multiple days, weeks or even months. Unlike traditional holidays, a hiker is always moving from place to place and his experience, environment, people and culture vary from place to place. 

“….it broadens your perspective of the world and it enriches your knowledge, your perspectives and understanding of diverse world communities”

Another nice thing about hiking – it’s free. You've probably heard the saying that the best things in life are free. I think this certainly applies to hiking. There may be some fees at trailheads for parking your car, and a few places may charge a small fee for a trail permit in areas that are heavily used. But there are still plenty of places where you can go for hike with no more cost incurred than the transportation to get there and back home again.

What is demanded in a hike?

hike demands vary from place to place, from person to person, determining factors include, elevation, latitude, terrain, type of environment (dry, arid, wet, tropical, sub/alpine, rocky, snow, ice etc.). Similarly, your mental, physical strength and experience may well determine any outcome of the trek. For example, you might find hiking in familiar terrains fairly easy but difficult to cope with conditions in unfamiliar terrains, your physical and mental strength might help you come over challenges in these situations. Nonetheless, you should not underestimate challenges of long hours of walking under any condition, you must be fully prepared. It is particularly important that you do adequate training before attempting treks in higher challenging terrains, especially in the elevations where your oxygen saturation is considered as imperative factor.  Likewise, you should do your homework and consultation before you charge into unfamiliar territories, this would only enrich your experience and make your trek easy.

“you should not underestimate challenges of long hours of walking under any condition, you must be fully prepared”

What do I pack for a hike?

No matter where you go hiking, there are few uninformative principle applied for your convenience. Pack minimal but essential and lightweight. Remember! Someone carrying your backpack, so be responsible, or else it is on your back. When it comes to apparel, think of layering, instead of removing everything once, think of removing or adding layers to skin. Think of it as applying a skin to your skin and then adding or subtracting another layer depending on condition. This is modern norm of hiking attire code, since there are very fine technologies that enable to keep you fresh and warm no matter where you are. It is important that you give considerable time when selecting right attire.  Today you find merino wool, air dry or breathable clothing as most promising. Base Layers: How to Choose.

 

You should not over look your shoe either, it is perhaps the most important single piece you have to consider when you hit a trail. It can be soft shell, hard shell or Gore-Tex depending on the hike you attempt. In wet rocky, stony, rough, alpine terrain it is highly advised to wear high-cut Gore-Tex shoes. It keeps you dry and protects your feet and ankle. Hiking Boots: How to Choose. If you trek for multiple long days, it is highly advised that you have a camp shoe as well. It is usually a soft shell similar to a running shoe that gives bit more comfort for your feet after long day hike while at camp.

 

Your backpack is another single piece of gear / equipment you should give lot of thoughts, as it is the single piece that you would be carrying on your back for long time or maybe days. Having a good and comfortable pack would make a big difference. Today in the market you find very different range of backpacks, from day treks to long expedition, single sack style and multiple compartment packs. We recommend you to have a multiple compartment pack if you do a trek, volume of the pack depends on how long the trip and how the trip is planned. If you are to carry a day pack, it is advised to carry a bag of 32 to 34 litre. A multiple compartment bag allows you to carry different things in different compartments, hence allows your gears, necessities and conveniences to store separately in different compartments. Backpacks: How to Choose.

“You must not be alone on mountains, they are magical, but unforgiving”.

Is there any packing order? 

There is no uniform process or packing code. However, there are certain things that you need to think and do before you start packing. This would allow you to pack minimum efficiently helping you to have access to gears, clothes and accessories with minimal chaos.

·      Make sure you have everything you need for the hike, have them arranged before you, to have an idea about the volume, review them and remove any item that might not be useful or you can live without.

·      Separate clothes and accessories and other gears.

·      Use bottom compartment for heavy jackets gives more stability when backpack is standing. Here you can also place toiletries, you must ensure they are packed in waterproof bag.

·      Use the bottom of the sack (main compartment) for clothes; you may consider having them in zipper bags so that you can keep clean and soiled ones separated.

·      Next comes the electronics if you carry any, such as camera, it’s a good idea to have another jacket such as wind stopper or raincoat wrapped around. This helps you to drag them easily when needed and protect electronics.

·      Use zipped pockets for documents (it shall be in a water proof bag), side pockets for water and other drinks. This may vary from functionality of the bag.

·      Use the top most compartment or most accessible pouch from outside for daily accessories that you need while trekking, such as sun lotion, lip balm, maps, knife, whistle, food, sunglass etc.

·      When everything is packed, ensure content is not shaking, it must be compact. Empty or uncompact bits can be filled with gloves, socks, etc.

·      Now you are ready to go, put it on buckles tightened, it should feel like part of body, synchronized, well sort of.

·      Its important that we highlight on the first aid kit too

“Pack essential, minimal and be responsible hiker”.
 
“never push yourself over the limit when in the mountains, if you have to reach the top you will, if not accept when to stop and enjoy the path you did and wisdom that made you realise present limitations”