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Wellies on Munros?

Wellies on Munros?


Postby thespiritofsimon » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:50 pm

I love my wellies (Bekina Agrilite). They're super light-weight, strong, insulated and grippy as you like. I've done much walking in them but I'm new to (and in love with) the big hills and mountains of Scotland so I'm after a voice of experience. Can I hike Munros in wellies? Am I crazy to even ask? :) Thanks.
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby CharlesT » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:49 am

thespiritofsimon wrote:I love my wellies (Bekina Agrilite). They're super light-weight, strong, insulated and grippy as you like. I've done much walking in them but I'm new to (and in love with) the big hills and mountains of Scotland so I'm after a voice of experience. Can I hike Munros in wellies? Am I crazy to even ask? :) Thanks.

Appropriate attire for Fionn Bheinn perhaps, but I would like to see a video of you negotiating the bad step on Am Basteir in wellies. 😄
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:06 am

thespiritofsimon wrote:I love my wellies (Bekina Agrilite). They're super light-weight, strong, insulated and grippy as you like. I've done much walking in them but I'm new to (and in love with) the big hills and mountains of Scotland so I'm after a voice of experience. Can I hike Munros in wellies? Am I crazy to even ask? :) Thanks.



I know Scandinavians who do a lot of hill walking in their wellies. Except theirs are a bit more sophisticated, and often have proper mountain soles/mid-soles and some lacing. And most of them are crazy :lol: .
I do a lot of winter nature walks in wellies, over my local marshes, but the walking is gentle and flat. Though they fit me well, I would not go into the hills in them, for two main reasons;

1. They are not particularly supportive of the ankles, despite the height.
2. They do not hold my foot in position perfectly, as they can't be laced tighter around it. Footwear for the hills must grip your foot so it does not move at all. This is particularly important at the heel, but also in terms of toes sliding to the end. Heel lift will cause blisters, and this is likely to occur when climbing hills. Going down hill may see the toes bashing against the end, and you can't lace the boot tighter to stop either happening.

There are a few other reasons, including sweatiness over a long day, "clunkiness" on scrambly bits. The brand you use appears to have good tread patterns, but many only have grips that work in one direction and can slip sideways surprisingly easily.

If you want to try it, go up a more modest hill and see how you get on.
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby jmarkb » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:44 am

Not completely crazy for the grassier hills: give them a try. If I recall correctly there was a brief time (in the 80s?) when low-cut Scandinavian wellies called Bogtrotters (modern version is https://www.nokianfootwear.com/product/trimmi/ ) were being touted as the next great piece of gear for the Scottish hills. I think Hamish Brown was a fan, but they never caught on.
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby thespiritofsimon » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:48 pm

Thank you jmarkb, Mal and CharlesT - I value your judgements. So it's not totally mad then. :) I will explore this notion by starting small and working my way up. Fionn Bheinn sounds like a worthwhile trek for a clear day.
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby rabthecairnterrier » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:50 am

Haven't tried them myself but these might be a good compromise:

https://thedrybootcompany.com/product/harris-dry-boot/
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby John Doh » Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:36 am

When I was on Mull last year and British Airways had lost my luggage at Heathrow as always, I bought some Dunlop Wellies for 20 quid in Tobermory instead of trekking shoes. For a tour on Lunga they were perfect and all other tourists with their trekking shoes were jealous. I bet I was the only guy on the island with dry feet. Sadly I then forgot them at Glengorm castle...
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby thespiritofsimon » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:15 pm

Interesting Harris boots. Make sense. There's never been a time that I have regretted choosing my wellies over my walking boots...yet. :) I will share my findings on bigger treks. Just to be clear, my wellies are not heavy, loose fiting things. They're polyurethane and built for farmers, fishermen etc. Cheap too.
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby geocaching » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:44 pm

jmarkb wrote:Not completely crazy for the grassier hills: give them a try. If I recall correctly there was a brief time (in the 80s?) when low-cut Scandinavian wellies called Bogtrotters (modern version is https://www.nokianfootwear.com/product/trimmi/ ) were being touted as the next great piece of gear for the Scottish hills. I think Hamish Brown was a fan, but they never caught on.


Bog trotters! That brings back memories :lol:
As have all other innovative footwear since Even the forerunner to running trainers. Forgot their name but for a few years the *bees knees*
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby Caberfeidh » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:11 am

A good padded knee-length thick sock should help immobilise the limb in the welly; I once hiked miles in the Galloway Hills in thigh-length rubber fishermen's waders but then I was huking up to Loch Girvan Eye for some trout fishing. It was a gruelling few miles over boggy peat and tussock grass. Hiking boots would have been lighter but would have required intense concentration to avoid a bootfull of gunk. I also used suede desert boots known as Gobis; those really needed a lot of concentration, I had to hop from tussock to tussock and rock to rock for hours.
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby thespiritofsimon » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:35 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:It was a gruelling few miles over boggy peat and tussock grass. Hiking boots would have been lighter but would have required intense concentration to avoid a bootfull of gunk. I also used suede desert boots known as Gobis; those really needed a lot of concentration, I had to hop from tussock to tussock and rock to rock for hours.


Sounds like the Dead Marshes - Sméagol would do well here. A good inspiration I feel. :) Thanks for your story.
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby Coop » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:29 pm

When I finally get to go up Am unpronouncable name, Wellies will be coming with me :D
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Re: Wellies on Munros?

Postby gld73 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:17 pm

I can't recall doing a munro in wellies, but I've certainly done some boggy pathless marilyns and grahams in them (and at least 1 corbett - Ben Hee). In the right terrain and conditions, wellies are brilliant!
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