Lacing up my first pair of hiking boots
Take me back two years and the word hiking was so far from my vocabulary. A foreign word and an even more foreign action. It’s funny how life can change so fast. Hiking has become my solitude, my therapist, my wander in the world, and my source of inspiration. There is no better feeling than being surrounded by nature in her full capacity. A big lesson I’ve learnt over these last two years is that it’s never to late to change what you love, to try something new and to excel at something you’ve never tried. When they say that cheesy line of anything is possible, it’s really because its true.
I can be bit of a chicken and starting new things is pretty intimidating for me so changing my whole lifestyle and way of living was like looking into a scary black hole. Two years ago my life was filled with routine and I wanted anything but. So I started to get outdoors more. I lived in Johannesburg and wanted to breathe. Get out the city for a second. And thus my love of hiking began. I tried to get out on a hike as many weekends as possible and as I started to clear my mind and get more comfortable with my bodies physical capabilities, I started to realise I wanted so much more in life. I wanted those hiking trails and the outdoors to be my life. Not something I just escaped to, but my home.
And so my journey began. I sold my stuff, began to travel and find ways to spend more time outdoors and I haven’t looked back since. Now hiking is part of my life and I was so excited to receive my first ever pair of hiking boots from Hi-Tec. Like a kid on Christmas kind of excited. After just a week of having them I laced them up and embarked on another first, another leap, my first overnight hike.
I strapped on my pair of Hi-Tec boots, piled my friends and way too much gear into the car and drove down to Robberg Nature Reserve. I’ve hiked the 5Km trail at Robberg a few times now as it’s conveniently located in Plettenberg Bays backyard and happens to be one of the most picturesque trails on The Garden Route. What I’ve never done is the full 9Km trail to the point, which takes you directly past the Fountain Shack, our home for the night.
The trail is truly magnificent in every sense of the word. With narrow rock pathways hugging the cliffs, sprawling boulders below and of course the seals popping up down below, to say hi. Spring added such a sense of wonder to the reserve, softening the looming, ragged rock faces, with delicate pinks, whites and yellows and the Fountain Shack is the perfect place to rest your head. Located right next to where the waves crash down on the rocks, with a view of the island and completely surrounded by nothing but the sounds of nature, it was bliss. We braaied into the late evening and awoke to coffee on the wooden porch and seals surfing the waves in front of us. This overnight hiking thing is definitely for me.
My Hi-Tec boots were sure put to the test on this trail. In the past I always hiked with normal sneakers on which left me really unsure of my footing. I would slip and slide when rocks were a bit sandy and had to bum crawl on steep rock faces. With my new hiking boots the trail was a breeze, I could just go without doubting the grip or if my feet would slide out from under me ensuring I landed on my bum. The added ankle support is also a dream. I did boxing for a year and found out I actually have really weak ankles so the support was really reassuring.
I’m ready for more adventure and long hiking trails, hoping to lace up those hiking boots for my first 4 day trail early next year. Through pushing myself out of my comfort zone in the last two years I have discovered so much and now I never want to stop. I think if anything I want to try inspire people to push themselves. When you have that small piece of yourself that wants to do something, do it. Don’t let your fear overpower your desires. I want my photos, my videos and my stories to resonate with people and to inspire them to take the leap, no matter what age you are. All you have to do to begin, is take that first step. (In your Hi-Tec boots of course.)
Go grab yourself a pair of these hiking boots at the page below:
To find out more about the Robberg Nature reserve you can visit Cape Natures page below: