Almost every Gold DofE expedition brings a boot disaster, and last week’s happened high in the Lake District on a lovely day. Despite being August, at 800m high it was only 7C and raining when this participant’s boots decided to disintegrate!Boot problems on DofE Gold expeditions

So why does this happen? Mainly because people borrow old boots from parents or friends which look fine, but the glue or stitching has weakened over time – so when the boot is put under pressure it falls to bits!

On this occasion we made a couple of holes in the sole and used string to hold it on to the foot..


What can we learn from this?

  1.  Don’t borrow your mum’s friend’s boots!
  2.  Don’t bring sliders as spares – they are useless to walk in (trainers would have been OK for a couple of hours).