There's a clue in the name!
I don’t know what they’ve been feeding James at school but he has shot up overnight and seems to be growing out of everything quicker than we can replace it. I was frantically trying to get everybody out the door for a family walk up our local hill- Dumyat, on the outskirts of Stirling to find James’ feet had grown a size in the space of week.
Our hallway was like a scene from Cinderella, trying to squeeze his feet into a variety of shoes. Walking boots – to tight, snow boots, which had sat in the cupboard all summer – no chance! We were resigned to picking an easier route and going in his school shoes with their worn out grips from a terms worth of playground antics, when I remembered the bogs boots Little Trekkers had kindly sent us. I’d ordered them in the next size up and had been pretty disappointed when they arrived and they were too big, it’s a good job I did, he’d have hardly worn them if I hadn’t.
Whilst Dumyat has a nice path the whole way up, it’s still a fairly decent walk of about 5 miles and 300m climb. We’d all normally wear walking boots and it’s not the normal pootle I’d consider wellies for. But after a quick try on and inspection of our bogs, we decided these weren’t any ordinary wellies and the good grippy treads would be fine on the paths.
The thermometer on the car was registering minus 2 as we left but James’ feet were roasty-toasty in his bogs. There were no complaints of cold feet at all. The plan was we’d stick to the paths and head straight up and down to give Jarvis his morning walk and head home for lunch. The kids seemed to have missed the sticking to the path memo and were off scrambling at the first opportunity. James’ bogs faired just as well as his walking boots, he was skipping over the rocks like a seasoned mountain goat.
It wasn’t long before they discovered some icy patches and once again the bogs were put through their paces. James was a little bit disappointed with their performance, the were far too grippy and rubbish for ice skating in.
The boots faired brilliantly and James pretty much ran most of the way to the summit. There was no rubbing or soreness despite covering a fair distance in them. After a quick drink and a biscuit at the top we heading back down for our lunch. By this time James was feeling pretty invincible in his new boots and decided there was a clue in their name and his new Bogs boots needed a thorough testing in a bog. Whilst everybody skirted round the edge, James went straight through the middle gloating about his fab boots – well until he overtopped the tops and filled them with mud. Not that it was due to the wellies themselves, they actually have good coverage for children's wellies, more that the only thing would have saved he was a pair of chest waders.
We were all really impressed with how the boots faired. They’re a lovely substantial and warm pair of boots and I can see James managing with these without needing a pair of snow boots for the time being.
About the Author
About Me & Mine
James' family is James' (aged 7 months), daddy - Dominic, mummy - Helena and Jarvis the dog. We currently live in Norwich but head to the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District as often as we can.
Before James was born we were a very active family doing lots of canoeing, hill walking, camping and snowboarding. Since having James we are determined that having a family and enjoying the outdoors are both possible. We are keen to make sure James can not only join in with our adventures, but that he will be happy and comfortable at the same time.
Favourite place in the world:
It's a tough choice but Arisaig on the West coast of Scotland gets our vote. With the whitest sand and bluest sea we've seen, you have to keep reminding yourself you're in Scotland rather than a tropical paradise. The views out towards the Small Isles and the Cuillins on Skye are stunning; it really is a magical place. With sea kayaks it's easy to find your own private beach - well apart from the odd otter (real ones rather than Spotty ones) and seal to share it with. It's definitely somewhere we plan to take James to as soon as possible.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
We are keen canoeists and love to get out on the water as much as possible - whitewater, flat water touring or sea kayaking; we're not fussed as long as it's wet. We are both qualified instructors and enjoy passing on our love of paddle sports to others at our local canoe club. We have already has our own little bow paddler in the making, James, out in the canoe and are looking forward to many more trips.
We also do a lot of walking. We get out everyday to visit our local woods and parks to walk our coker spaniel, Jarvis. When we get the chance though, we prefer something a bit more challenging and regularly visit the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District. James' dad Dom, is a qualified mountain leader and is keen to pass on these skils as soon as possible.