Walking boot reviews: Meindl Bhutan and Respond

Declan Cunningham is a keen writer and photographer and his journalistic work includes regular articles in Outsider Magazine where he is the Mountaineering Editor. He also writes for The Sunday Times and other publications highlighting the excellent selection of walking all over his native Ireland as well as further afield. He is a man of all seasons, out in all weathers, and a firm believer in Safety in the Hills and Leave No Trace. Now throw in 16 years in Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and you’ll realise he lives in his boots and when he’s not wandering Ireland’s wildest places finding himself he’s looking for you!

We invited him to review our Bhutan and Respond GTX boots - read on for the verdict...

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Seven decades of hill walking

At the age of 86, John Michael Waddy Smith is a keen mountaineer and can claim to have been donning his hill walking boots for nearly 7 decades. What's the great inspiration behind almost 70 years of adventures? His love of the Lake District, and the photographic opportunities that it delivers.

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Meindl Vakuum GTX stars in new campaign

If you happen to be passing the Great Outdoors store in Chatham Street, Dublin you may notice a pair of Meindl Vakuum GTX leather walking boots in their latest seasonal window advert. Read on for details of why they were chosen and review snippets.

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Riding the Fred Whitton 2018 – what I learned

For those of us who like cycling and live in the Lakes, the Fred Whitton Challenge ‘the Fred’ is an annual event that tugs at the sinews of curious cyclists. Is it achievable? Will I secure an entry? How much will it hurt? Do I have enough time to train?

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Top ten Summer Holiday ideas with the kids

As the long summer holidays continue, the cries of ‘what are we going to do today?’ soon start and children’s expectations can be alarmingly high. With a long six weeks stretching out before you, here are some ideas to foster a spirit of adventure and get the kids having fun in nature’s playground without breaking the bank. Most of them can be done with very little planning just about anywhere in the country.
Copyright: Rachel Crolla

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Seven Midsummer Days – a walk between three treefolds

There’s something about walking into the big wide open, knowing that your walk will last not just hours, but days. A certain feeling brought on, perhaps, by the rhythm of repeated footfall and the ever changing views, that softens the edges of thought, keens the senses, and deepens the pleasure of being outside.

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An Epic Wiltshire Walk

Although I’m writing this on a particularly rainy day, May really has been pretty glorious so far, giving us some perfect weather for adventures. The good weather, #NationalWalkingMonth and new shoes from Little Trekkers (Meindl Responds for the 7yo) inspired us to plan an epic walk.

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The Long View Exhibition

Where did the time go?
Nearly the end of May already, and we’re excitedly preparing to bring The Long View exhibition to the south of the country. Seven remarkably ordinary trees will soon adorn the walls at Oxford’s North Wall Arts Centre and at O N C A in Brighton

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