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Granite City Hillwalkers club meet at the "Globe Bar" North Silver Street, every Wednesday at 9.30pm.

Contact info@gchw.org.uk and a club member will arrange to meet you there.

If you are looking for some footware to hike in why not give JD Sports a call using the jd sports contact number.


News – The GCH news page – Latest news, gossip, reviews and events

About Us – A description of who we are and what we do

Club Meets – Weekends away, Sunday walks & travel arrangements

Membership – Details for everyone with an interest in the club

Links – Helpful links to other useful sites

Photos – A selection taken from various outings

Contacts – How to contact us

Site Map – List of all the Pages

Buying Walking Boots From Sports Direct

There is a myriad of brands of walking boots available for sale at sports direct. The brands have walking boots with distinct designs, colours and sizes. Sports Direct has 670 outlets across the globe and has been in operation for 36 years. The company, therefore, has the capacity to deliver the best quality walking boots available. Different people have different tastes when it comes to walking boots. The tasted and preferences are based mostly based on colour and design. Sport direct offers a wide variety of walking boots and almost has a boot for everyone. If you need to contact Sports Direct either to complain or enquire about service times or returns they have a dedicated customer service team. The brands sold online and in store include;

Karrimor

This brand has a wide variety of walking boots. The distinctions are based on the terrains on which they are best suited. The Karrimor boots are designed to ensure maximum comfort, support and protection as one handles rugged terrains. Both high leg and ankle level walking boots are available in distinct colours, designs and sizes. The prices range from £33 to £200 depending on the design and particulars of the boot.

Gelert 

This is another popular brand available on Sports Direct. The brands make both high leg and ankle level walking boots. There are boots of all sizes and a wide variety of colours to choose from. Gelert focuses more on small budget walking boots while still maintain good quality. The prices range from £22 to £35

Merrell

The Merrell walking boots have moderate prices but with great quality and exquisite designs. The boots are designed to handle rough terrains and last long. This brand is best suited for mountain climbing. The prices in Sports direct range from £60 to £100.

Hi-Tec

The Hi-Tec brand features 2 designs in Sports direct. The boots are ankle level boots and have a price range of between £45 and £52.

ONeill

The ONeill brand, also available on Sports Direct has antique designs and bright colours. The designs are quite unique and both high leg and ankle level boots are available. They are designed distinctly for different applications. The prices in sports direct range from £59 to £80 depending on the design.Ellesse – This brand is also available in Sports direct but with one design. There is a variety of colours to choose from though. The prices range from £32 to £45 depending on the size of the boot.

Garmont

The Garmont brand of walking boots is also available on sports direct with three distinct designs. The prices are also on the higher end as they range from £159 to £180

Hanwag

The Hanwag brand also features only three high leg distinct designs. The boots are designed to handle rough surfaces. The prices of the Hanwags range from £159 to £170.

La Sportiva

The La Sportiva brand features shoes on the higher side of the price range. The walking boots available in Sports direct of this brand are high leg boots. They feature bright colours and a unique design. The prices range from £140 to £215.

Sports Direct has an online store where all these brands of walking boots are available. There are more brands of walking boots available. The boot to buy depends on the taste and preference of the customer. They cut across distinct prices depending on the quality and brand one wishes to purchase. Sports Direct is the ultimate place to get the best walking boot for outdoor expeditions. There are walking boots for both men and women on Sports Direct. Different boot sizes are made available by sports direct as per careful research of the most common boot sizes in the area of a particular outlet and the average number of persons in each category of shoe sizes.

Top Tips for staying safe whilst Hill Climbing in the winter

Failure to Prepare is preparing to fail

Make sure you study your chosen route carefully and make sure you are aware of any dangers that may be present. These can include ridges that may need to be crossed or scrambles to be climbed, these areas can be dangerous enough in normal conditions, but in winter when there is snow and ice they can be deadly.

Equipment

Make sure you have the correct equipment for the hike. In wintery conditions the equipment needed is usually quite different that the other seasons. You may need crampons and an ice axe if you are going somewhere with heavy snow of sheet ice. If you do need this equipment make sure you are comfortable using it first as these tools can be dangerous if you are unprepared. There are usually lots of courses available or guides to help you if you need to learn how to use them.Navigation equipment- you will need a GPS and/or compass and know how to read them, the weather can turn quickly and you will need to be able to make sure you know where you are and where you are going if the route becomes obscured. Make sure you have maps with you of the chosen route and are familiar with them before you set out. 

Comfort and safety- Make sure you take adequate clothing with you and good footwear. For hill walking always make sure you have several layers of clothing, this makes it easier to adjust as you hike. When walking you will often feel warmer than when you stop for a break so having an extra warm layer to put on is always useful. Also be aware that the higher you go the colder it will be so even if you feel warm when you set out at a low altitude chances are that when you are nearer the top it will be much colder. For walking in winter make sure you have good sturdy boots. You will want them to have ankle support and be waterproof. If they are new take a few low level walks in them first to break them in and make sure they are comfortable, you don't want any unexpected surprises when you are up a hill.

Emergency

It is also advised to take a small emergency shelter and a foil blanket, these don't weigh much but can be the difference between life and death in a emergency situation. There is a wide variety of these available on the market from simple one man bags to ones that can hold a small group. Make sure you have an adequate one the situation.Other things you will need is adequate water and food. Make sure you know how long the route will take you and plan how many supplies you think you will need. Remember whilst walking you will be using much more energy than usual so take plenty of snacks such as trail mix or energy bars. Make sure you have the phone numbers for the local emergency services and mountain rescue teams, these can be invaluable if anything goes wrong. Also have someone who knows where you are and your route plan. If anything goes wrong they can send for help and make sure you are safe.Finally take care, be prepared and have fun.