Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Tue, 11 Apr 1995 10:12:13 EST
My input on the hiking boot issue. I just returned from our District
Camporee at Gettysburg, PA this past weekend. I took four of my
troop's older scouts on a 20-miler around the entire battlefield. I
wore a pair of Reebok hiking boots I bought about six years ago and
which are on their last legs now.
I think these boots are terrific. Most of the athletic shoe
manufacturers now make similar light hikers--ankle high, with lug
soles and rough leather and synthetic uppers. These boots have also
been up seven 14'ers in Colorado. I have never gotten so much as a
hot spot wearing them. They are very light weight, and do not require
breaking in. They retail for about 80-85 bucks.
I heartily endorse the notion that socks are very important. I have a
pair of very thin inner liners I bought at REI, and a pair of heavy
100 percent wool outer socks. I use these exclusively for hiking.
I have a newer pair of boots I bought to replace these, but I haven't
worn them on anything especially rigorous yet. I'm taking seven boys
to Lenhok'sin high adventure camp at Goshen, VA this July, however.
I'll let the group know how they do there.
ASM, Troop 120
The Great George Washington District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City