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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 FANSIPAN: THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN INDOCHINA BY SIMON & ANDREW, MEINDL AMBASSADORS

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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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    Recent articles

    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