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I Can't Wait To Use My Hedgefrogs On My Next Walking Holiday In Andalucía, Spain.

Author : Samantha Frost

Weary from research and from sampling an array of lightweight footwear, I had almost reached a conclusion. I had found a well fitting Gore-Tex trekking shoe which promised me comfort and dry feet; however, they still weren't quite what I had in mind. My goal was to purchase some footwear which i could use to walk on mountain trails and cycle in comfortably for long distances. They need to be perfect for drying quickly after getting wet, and they also should be very breathable for hot weather use. Having just returned from a walking holiday in Las Alpujarras, Andalucía, I realised that my current footwear didn't make the grade. The weather became a lovely 20 - 22 degrees Celsius, perfect for hiking, and that i found my walking shoes made my feet too hot so that I wound up with blisters.

If you are unfamiliar with the Alpujarras region, it may be found nestled below the Sierra Nevada mountains of Andalucía, to the east of Granada as well as the Alhambra. Characteristic in the area is a series of irrigation channels and fast flowing streams that cross the mountainsides providing necessary water for the small fields supporting vines and almond orchards. Well, it was into one of those particular irrigation channels that I needed to leap in pursuit of my rucksack containing my passport. This wasn't just a spur of the moment decision to test the waterproofing of my walking shoes: it absolutely was essential action. I was impressed that the rucksack, caught in seconds of disappearing in the rapid flow, remained dry inside but my walking shoes were saturated and remained so for many hours.

So returning to the shopping... After visiting many outdoors shops I was now perplexed with a whole range of conflicting advice. One assistant had advised a woman to buy boots for just a one-off 12 mile charity walk. Questioning her further, to ascertain the season, he asked what time she'd do the walk and the lady replied, 'In the afternoon.' 'Wear sandals' was probably the most sensible advice I heard for trails in hot weather and even the most seasoned backpackers tackling the Rockies or Sierra Nevada, Spain, in summertime will also advocate the same. Having had the enormous pleasure of living in the foothills of the Himalayas in Sikkim, India, I noted how the locals wear flip-flops for entire hill walking expeditions. I happily survived in trekking sandals living at 5500-6000 feet, save for the occasional stubbed toe. They were lightweight, breathable together with the advantage of allowing you to view the leeches as they crawled on your feet. But that's another story!

...and there they were, on the shelf, tucked in amongst the sandals, radiating functionality and beauty: the Hedgefrogs by North Face. They really are a hybrid between a sandal and a shoe and can be utilized on trails or river and sea-based activities. Having dual-traction and multi-directional lugs they provide bite on wet and dry land. Hedgefrogs are going to be great for walking in Las Alpujarras where I can opt for walking across the short log bridges or paddle through the streams for cooling my feet from the lovely Mediterranean sunshine.

The best advice I'm able to give you is to explore the idea of trekking sandals, or indeed Hedgefrogs, then to seek out the most hospitable hotel in Las Alpujarras, at Bérchules. The owner, Alejandro, is waiting to book you in in the Hotel Los Bérchules on the edge of this beautiful white village. There you are able to choose from different meal options and choose self-guided walks from the diverse walk's menu or alternatively you may wish to treat yourself to the full-board guided walking holiday package. Book now for the most perfect walking holiday in Andalucía at Hotel Los Bérchules.

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Tags:   holidays in andalucia, walking in andalucia, self guided walking holidays, walking holidays europe, berchules, las alpujarras, walking holidays in las alpujarras, hedgefrogs

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