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Clean boots are happy boots

You got your dream hiking boots on, have just had a lovely walk in the fresh air but you’ve just come home and it being Janurary, they are caked in mud. Do you leave it on and wait for it to fall off or do you go for a deep clean? 

Why is it important?

Straight out of the box, your boots are in the best possible condition. Meaning you don’t have to do any sort of treatment, or cleaning of, your boots. As long as you properly break in your hiking boots, you’ll be ready for the next adventure.

But once you’ve got your first hike in with your boots, and they’re caked with mud, murky puddle water, or even bits of  leaves, clean them. Even if they’re not that dirty, it doesn’t matter. Each step on a walk results in either dust, mud or general dirt creeping in. Any sort of buildup inside your hiking boot that goes uncleaned always leads to excessive wear and tear on the boot.  It might be a pain but the best way to extend the life of your boots is by cleaning them after each hike.

Cleaning your boots straight after a walk may not be the most exciting way to round off a day on the trail but you’ll be grateful for it next time you head out and your boots are ready and raring to go.  So, how do you go about cleaning your boots?

It's as easy at 1,2 3!

Step 1: Scrub clean

 Simply rinse with warm water and use a brush to remove stubborn mud and grit. Don;t use any soaps or detergents as these tend to damage your boots, especailly if they have any special fabrics int hem like GORE-TEX. Try not to soften your leather uppers too much while washing to avoid your boots losing their shape. A hefty sole will take some scrubbing but be gentle on the more delicate upper surfaces of your boots.

Step 2: Treat them to a little pampering

A proofer or Nikwax will help to keep your feet dry against the elements. Remember to check that the type of proofer is the right one for your boots as treatments vary. Use one that’s suitable for use on footwear with waterproof breathable lining and waterproof leathers to maintain your boots’ performance as you clock up the miles.

Step 3: Give them some air

It's really tempting to leaver them on a boiller or near the radiator, but the ebst way to look after your boots is to let them dry naturally in the air. If your boots are wet inside too, then use some newspaper to coax out the moisture to keep them in tip top shape.

 

If you look after yoru boots they'll look after you. Clean boots also allow you to have a closer look at them, and will help you identify when it might be time for a change.

dec

Early Bird Competition Winner

The lucky winner of our Early Bird Competition is Janet Ebdon! You get to chose either a trip up Kilimanjaro or to visit Everest Base Camp with us and we'll be in touch with you directly. Congratulations!

nov

Himalayan Open Evening - 20 Nov

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Everest Base Camp & Himalayas Open Evening

20 November ~ Central London

Ever wondered what it would be like to trek amongst the world's highest mountains? Want to tick Everest off your bucket list but not sure it is for you? Or perhaps you fancy scaling Mera Peak, which stands at over 6,476m. If you are considering a trek to Nepal and the Himalaya join our expert team to find out more about what we offer and how you can trek with us.

There's a Q&A session, a presentation about the routes, what it's like on the mountain, when to go & what to expect, kit, altitude & training.

Hosted at the Doggett's Coat & Badge Pub on Blackfriars Bridge with a great view of the Thames - starts at 7.00pm - so please arrive from 6:45pm - and finishes by 8.30pm

Join us for our next Open Evening on the Tuesday 20th November!

CLICK HERE to book your tickets >>

sep

Thames Path & Bridges Congratulations!

Congratulations to all our Thames Path & Bridges Challengers!

This weekend saw over 6,000 challengers take on strecthes of the Thames Path between Henley and Tower Bridge in what was an epic weekend of walking, running & jogging. We estimate that this year's event will raise over £1.5 million for over 400 different UK charities - and we congratulate each and every challenger for pushing themselves and achieving something incredible. 

As part of our Ultra Challenge Series the Thames Path marks the 7th and final event of the 2018 series, the event is a celebration of fitness, health, geography and London's most iconic geographical feature. Those who took on the challenge on are part of a growing community seeking to undertake an epic 'ultra' distance for a greater cause, a reason to get fit or simply for fun. 

2019 registration for both the Thames Path Challenge and Thames Bridges Trek is now live - please visit www.ultrachallenge.com to find out more! 

may

Winter Walk 2019 - Just Launched!

Winter Walk 2019 - Join Us!

As we are now offically in Autumn we've already started planning our January calendar - and the London Winter Walk is now live and launched! A perfect way to kick start the year, shake off the Xmas excess and meet up with your fellow 2019 Ultra Challengers! 

Last year we saw over 2,000 people take on the 20km stretch across London's most iconic landmarks - starting and finishing in Southwark park. We had snow machines, 20ft penguins & most of all many woolly bobble hats! 

The London Winter Walk is back for January 2019 - bigger, better and more wintery than before! Kick start your year with a cool 20km and join 2,000 or so of us for an energising brisk walk around the heart of the Capital. Why not begin the New Year as you mean to go on!

  • Start - past Tower Bridge 

  • Marquee Base Camp

  • 9am - midday start slots

  • Free Buff & 'Bobble Hat'

  • Zumba style Warm Up

  • Pace Walkers / Marshals 

  • Fully signed 20km Route

  • Westerly loop along Thames

  • Half-way snacks & hot drinks 

  • Best 'Winter Dress' prizes

  • Special Winter Walk Medal

  • Hot buffet back at Base Camp

  • Families welcome

  • Self Fund - do it for Yourself

  • OR Fundraise for a Charity

Visit www.londonwinterwalk.com for full info! 

apr

2019 Ultra Challenges - Early Bird Deals now on!

Ultra Challenge Series

 .. Walk, Jog, or Run

100km, 50km, or 25km

A keen walker but new to challenge events? Or a seasoned hiker looking for adventures? Maybe even a marathon runner wanting to 'up' your distance? Whoever you are - if you're up for a real challenge and want to push yourself in 2019 - these events are for you!

Whether along a magnificent coastline, or through stunning countryside - your Challenge will be unforgettable. Spirit and determination is needed; resolve will be tested - with new friends made en route, and an overwhelming sense of achievement at your finish line.

FOR ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS
JOIN AS INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM

9 EVENTS TO CHOOSE FROM

FOR CHARITY OR FOR YOU!

FULL SUPPORT ALL THE WAY

FREE FOOD, SNACKS & DRINK

MEDICS, MASSAGE, MEDALS

TRAINING WALKS AND PLANS

ENDURANCE EVENTS FOR ALL

PUSH YOURSELF IN 2019....

 

Visit www.ultrachallenge.com for full information on our 2019 events!

dec

International New Year Offer!

BOOK NOW & SAVE!

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We want to help you reach your goals in 2018. 

Join a group on one of our Great Treks of the World to cross the Icelandic wilderness, walk above the clouds at Machu Picchu and climb Kilimanjaro or Elbrus - one of the Seven Summits! Try something different and push yourself further with an Ultra Adventure - 2 marathon treks in 2 days on a 4/5 Day Adventure. 

Sign up to ANY International Challenge before 9 Feb '18 and save £75! We'll also send you a FREE training & kit bundle to help you prepare for your challenge!

  • £75 OFF Registration Fees
  • £100 Kit Hire Voucher
  • FREE UK Training Walk or Run!
  • FREE 50km Ultra Challenge Place!

Explore the world, meet new friends and push yourself further! 

STEP 1 . Browse our Challenges for inspiration
STEP 2 . Register with code NEWYEAROFFER to claim £75 off
STEP 3 . We'll email you the kit voucher & Free UK event codes when the offer ends
STEP 4 . Your adventure begins!

**This deal cannot be used in conjunction with any other deal, discount or promotion offered by Action Challenge.**

If you have any questions, please contact us at ask@actionchallenge.com!

nov

NEW EVENT - Easter Walk!

Challenge Yourself this Easter! 

Saturday 31st March! We are excited to announce the launch of the inaugrual Easter Walk - bring your friends, family & work colleagues to join us on either a 25 mile or 25km looped walk starting and finishing in Windsor! 

Setting off from Windsor along the River Thames on Easter Saturday and passing through beautiful scenery and countryside. Set yourself (and the family!) a goal this spring with either a 25 mile or 25 km challenge, and a big celebration finish and fun day!

 Some highlights of the event are:

  • Windsor Racecourse start / finish

  • Marquee Base Camp

  • Lots of free parking

  • 8:30 - 11:30am starts

  • Zumba style Warm Up

  • Route support & marshals 

  • Fully signed 25km & 25 mile looped routes

  • 25 miles - snacks, lunch & finish meal

  • 25km - snacks & finish meal

  • Best 'Easter Dress' prizes

  • Easter Walk Medal

  • Hot food at Base Camp

  • Easter challenges for the family

  • Discounts for the kids!

  • Self Fund - do it for Yourself

  • OR Fundraise for a Charity

To find out more & to sign up visit www.theeasterwalk.com - save 25% if you sign up before 10th December! 

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