Get a Grip on the Scottish Mountains. When was the last time you checked your boot soles ?

Killin MRT always use this poster as a reminder.

Killin MRT

How many folk tell me their boots are so comfy that they keep them going as long as possible. Yet many I see over the years soles have worn so bad there is limited grip left.

On wet grass or rock this could cause a slip or trip.

Today’s tip : look at your boots and see if they need replaced or resoled? It’s also worth passing that on to your mates.

Comments welcome !

These days I don’t wear mountain boots but do wear wellies with vibram soles. When they get worn down I get them resoled here, think it’s good value

Big Kev “

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5 Responses to Get a Grip on the Scottish Mountains. When was the last time you checked your boot soles ?

  1. I bought a pair of Vibram wellies last year (Hoggs of Fife), but they were too small and I sent them back and could not get larger size anywhere at the time. I might have another go. I thought they would be ideal for walks with my BC in Yorkshire, and the Peaks, and mid Wales, and the Cheviots, and Dartmoor, and lots of Scotland. …… I had forgotten how wet Britain is, after 20 years in Seattle (where the rain knows how to behave and mostly lands on the West side of the Olympic Mountains).


  2. Jim Higgins says:

    I did my summer leader training at the old Corrie Croft on Arran. I worked in youth work with Strathclyde Regional Council at the time, it was a certificate that SRC would use within its own borders and with its own agencies, ie youth clubs schools children’s homes etc. It may have been at one time called the Ayrshire hillwalking certificate.
    Being a hillwalker of some years experience I took my own boots so the first thing the senior instructor did was to check the soles of my boots in particular the heels to make sure they weren’t rounded at the heel. Apparently many slips are caused descending steep ground and wet turf in particular with worn heels. Around the time of the 80’s some manufacturers produced boots with cutaway heels which have now been discontinued for the above reasons. Having broken an ankle just below the summit of Ben More near Crainlarich on a January day I can honestly advise to be vigilant with boots. My crash happened when soft snow gave way below my feet but the 60 or so feet I fell down could have been much worse. Being late in the afternoon and with an approaching storm I decided to make my way off the hill on my bum and sliding into a deep drift a proceeded to split my coccyx in two so thus having to come down the remaining thousand feet or so on my belly.
    Painful stuff and 33 years on I an still suffering pain from the resultant damage to my ligaments. Please take a moment to check your boots. Give yourself a fighting chance.

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