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John Smith

I am truly delighted and honoured to be an ambassador for Bramwell International. I have been tramping the Cumbrian fells for over 60 years and worn out countless pairs of boots in the process but these Meindl Vitalis Mid GTX boots I now proudly wear are the most comfortable and supportive I have ever owned.

Eight years ago I suffered a badly-sprained ankle coming down from Helvellyn and finished up in A & E where I was given a weird contraption to wear to support it. It was such a problem to take off and put on that I eventually abandoned it and bought a neoprene support instead. I was unable to do any climbing with my regular group for almost a year and, when I felt ready to chance a climb again, neither of my boots seemed to be helping my recovery and indeed felt uncomfortable. I compromised with a pair of trek shoes and a strong neoprene support which was not ideal but at least enabled me to get out on the lower fells again albeit with painful after effects that have persisted ever since.

Several times, I wondered if it was worth it to continue and that at my age I should be sensible and take up more sedentary pursuits – but thankfully I made a decision to just go for it and continue to enjoy that wonderful elation you feel when you are looking down from a mountain peak at the glorious panorama below. It is worth all the aches and pains afterwards.

I now look forward to 2019 and another year of exploring the beautiful Lake District National Park – and these amazing new boots will undoubtedly become my treasured companions.

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meindl ambassador photo of buttermere and crummock water

SEVEN DECADES OF HILL WALKING BY MEINDL

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walking boots and a camera article image on Meindl UK

WALKING BOOTS AND A CAMERA: AMATEUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN SMITH, MEINDL UK AMBASSADOR

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