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Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok

Meindl walking boot ambassadors, Andrew and Simon are both mad keen walkers, covering over 3000km a year.

“We have walked extensively in Britain, doing (at least part) of all the major trails, have hiked all the
way across England not just once but twice, and have walked in most countries in
Europe. More recently our addiction to mountains has increased, with treks in the
USA (including many parts of the Appalachian trail), Australia (having recently
completed the Larapinta Trail across the Red Centre), New Zealand, Malaysia (the
highest mountain in South East Asia; Kinabalu), Israel, Andrew’s native Hong Kong,
and Nepal (Everest Base Camp).

We were both doctors, a Consultant Paediatrician and a General Practitioner, who
decided to resign from our stressful jobs and dedicate ourselves to exploration of the
world. Nowadays, we travel 300 days per year and have done so for the last 5 years,
walking wherever possible. This led us to write Walking in Portugal for Cicerone
Press, plus other hiking articles on their website. The other 60
days are spent in Wales, a village called Corris in southern Snowdonia.”

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Hiking Mount Pico in Portgual

Portugal is the home of some fantastic hiking – it’s all in our book, but this challenge takes us up the highest Portuguese mountain, Mount Pico. At 2351m it’s a good climb and it’s also pretty unique as it’s not on the mainland. Sail across the ocean from Sao Jorge to Pico island to attempt this one. It’s part of a mid-Atlantic volcanic hot-spot.

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Year round rambles in the South of the UK

The South-East of England; one of the most populated areas in the country, which is also home to the newest National Park, the South Downs, making it the perfect getaway for a pair of Meindl boots away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Read more

Autumn on the Carneddau

The Carneddau, Wales; a wild and rugged landscape with 19 peaks over 600m in height, the official elevation considered to be regarded as a mountain. Early autumn is a perfect time to explore the area, with matured heather, ferns and rough grass abundant amongst patches of shattered rocks. If you time it right and check the weather, clear and pristine walking days with cloud inversions are frequent and there are numerous walks in the Carneddau to suit all walkers. For adventures in the Carneddau, the Meindl Himalaya MFS and Meindl Bhutan offers a serious mountain-walking boot with a stiff sole and wide rubber reinforcement to guard against rock abrasion. Read more