We bought our first tramping boots in 2001 before our first ever hike in Tasmania. Our boots took us to the heights of the Himalayas, we walked the "W" in the Torres Del Paine Nationalpark in Chile, they stumbled over volcanic ashes on Iceland. They have done the Great Walks in New Zealand including the Heaphy Trek, the Tongariro Northern Circuit. The climbed the Pinnacles on Borneo, walked the Tar Desert in Rajasthan and even the McRitchie Reservoir in Singapore. The have been reliable companions in over 10 years, walked us around the world in 2006 and they have been to all continents except for Antarctica.
But one thing was too much for them: the heat and humidity in Singapore. Before we embarked on their last walk they where showing it, brittle soles, crumbling once touched. Heikes boots gave up first, one sole after the other. Mine lasted a day longer. Good Bye. We'll miss you.
Over Christmas and New Year we where keen to have some cold fresh air, great food and to stretch the legs again on a multiday hike. We flew to Auckland and ventured south to Lake Waikaremoana where we embarked on a 4 day hike around the lake. Without the walking boots but in high spirits we spent Christmas on a Alpaca Farm and then went North again to dive the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior near the Cavelli Islands. Gosh, it was cold!