My dream holiday is a multi-day hike and so imagine my delight when I started the ascent to the Col du Balme and the France-Switzerland border on Day 1 of my 7 day “Tour du Mont Blanc”. Imagine also my excitement as every step in my Jack Wolfskin Altiplano Prime Texapore Mid W boots felt exquisitely comfortable. After 35 years of countless hikes with sore and blistered feet from ill-fitting boots, I was counting on my new boots to deliver total comfort. With absolute confidence in Andy at AdventureCo, (www.adventureco.com.au), I bought my boots with time for only one hard day walk in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney before departing for this tour. After that one day, I knew they were perfect for my feet. They were soft and comfortable and did not need breaking in. The lacing held my feet and ankles securely so that they never rolled on uneven surfaces. Along the Tour du Mont Blanc track, my boots waded through dust, mud, cow manure and water. None of the dirt stuck to the beautiful Nubuck leather and the boots remained dry at all times. They looked as good as new at the end of the hike.
Here I am sitting at the border with one boot in France and the other in Switzerland.
I am walking behind Ashleigh and Vania who are using my poles. Even though I am more than twice their age, I didn’t need my poles because my wide boots gave my feet and toes plenty of room to spread and the soles gave great traction on the track which meant I had perfect balance on rocky trails.
Look at the magnificent view from La Tete de Ferret on the Switzerland-Italy border.
Here’s a closer look at my Jack Wolfskin boots at La Tete de Ferret.
Every day we hiked long hard ascents and descents past spectacular mountains and glaciers. My lightweight boots made walking easy and I never once had sore legs or feet despite the many hours of walking. Here is an awesome view looking back along Val Veny in Italy.
Meet our mule Noisette. We both had perfect footwear for walking over the mixed terrain.
There was time every day to enjoy numerous snack breaks along the trail but I never ever needed a rest for sore or tired feet.
Lunch breaks were always scenic beside a river or looking across to mountains and glaciers.
Rifugio Bertone, nestled below Mont Blanc, was our accommodation for one night.
Every night we had to leave our boots and poles in the basement. I would have happily worn my boots all evening as they were much more comfortable than any of the house shoes provided.
My Jack Wolfskin boots carried me more than 100km all the way to the finish line.