Hiking boots are the direct point of contact between hikers and the mountains. The wrong footwear can easily ruin a great hiking trip. Many guests new to CMH Summer Adventures are surprised when they learn that CMH provides quality hiking boots, rain gear and day packs. I admit the vision of ratty 1790s bowling shoes came to mind when I first heard this. So I had to investigate and I learned that this myth couldn’t be further from the truth.
Turns out, both the Bugaboo and Bobbie Burns Lodges have a cross section of boots from industry leaders Salomon, Tecnica, Garmont and Asolo. Sizes range from kids to adult 14 medium width. The boots are regularly cleaned with a motorized brush to remove dirt and mud before a weather proofing shoe polish is applied, as you can see in this video.
There are many advantages to using the boots that CMH provides.
1) On any trip, packing is almost always a struggle. Having the luxury of leaving your boots at home will leave you with more space to take home t-shirts for your nieces and nephews. However, many hikers are very attached to their boots and are sceptical of using anything else. If you’d prefer to bring your own you can still try ours and have your own for back up.
2) Quality hiking boots can easily cost $300-$500. If you don’t already have them this will save you both the time and cost of a shopping for a new pair. A new pair of boots can also take time to work in so previously worn boots can be a great advantage in the war against sore feet.
What else does CMH provide?
Knowing the importance of staying dry and comfortable in variable weather conditions, CMH supplies heli-hikers with waterproof jackets and pants. The rain gear provided is produced for us by Marmot. Day packs water bottles are also provided. All of our gear is replaced periodically or as soon as it shows signs of wear,
Gloves and toques (wool hats) are not supplied but are great things to pack and hope that you won’t need to use them. Staying dry and comfortable is a huge contributor in ensuring that hikers get the most out of the mountain paradise that we have to offer them. Mother Nature occasionally challenges us with a bout of undesirable weather and having the right gear will keep you a happy hiker.
What are some of the things you always carry in your daypack?