March 19, 2016

The Perfect Pair of Shoes for Every Adventure + Merrell's Bigger Getaway to Adventure

Before you slip on your hiking shoes, grab your backpack and work on the compass, read about Merrell's Getaway to Adventure and list of things that make your adventure bigger and more awesome!

Merrell's Getaway to Adventure is a mantra that fosters the love for the great outdoors by sending aspiring travelers to explore breath-taking regions in the country. It was awarded the Philippine Quill Awards for Excellence in the Communication Management category and has also tied up with various entities that believe in the same advocacy of promoting safe and fun adventures such as Trail Adventours, PH Mountains App, Looloo App, Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB)—effectively producing an enticing and holistic offering of an adventure to remember

 Is this the first time you are hearing about this? Same with me. Although I have seen #LaPetite and #SephCham conquered Mt. Pulag - it didn't occur to me that it was part of the Getaway to Adventure project. 

Now, here's the fun part: this year, Merrell is pushing for greater adventures by launching an event bigger Getaway to Adventure through projects that reach out to more people and help with community and environmental improvement. 

Voluntourism with DOT and TPB

I love volunteer work. My first "solo" travel was a product of global leadership program and volunteer work. Read about my interview here.   Merrell understands giving back to nature through creating programs that protect the environment and cultural treasures of the country in partnership with the DOT and TPB. In fact, the brand has been globally active in outdoor advocacies which include the preservation of wildlife parks and more.

Safe Adventures with Trail Adventours

Trail Adventours is a mountain tour company led by a team of dynamic outdoor enthusiasts. It offers quality trekking packages, advocates the Leave No Trace (L.N.T.) rule, and ensures safe and fun hikes. The company’s vision is in line with Merrell’s goal in providing durable footwear that offers protection while hiking. Trail Adventours is the official agency of Merrell since 2014 in sending more and more people to safe adventures.

The Capra Bolt and Capra Rapid both offer protection and support, making them great choices for speed hiking and water adventures that Trail Adventours offers.

Outdoor Exploration with PH Mountains App

Here's an interesting app for mountaineers: access a comprehensive mountain list, mountain map, gear checklist, and even a store locator for outdoor gear thorugh PH Mountains App. It shows peaks and mountains that are there left to conquer, and the gear best worn to reach them. 

Merrell is the official footwear partner of the app, making the brand present in all PH Mountains App adventures. Which mountain are you conquering first? 

Adventure Sharing with Looloo App

If you think that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are not enough to share your adventures, try out Looloo App which allows the world to witness nature’s beauty and highlight the fun in outdoor escapades by letting people share their outdoor moments through its ‘Adventure Review of the Week’ and ‘Destination of the Week’ features. It truly fosters a bond among the hiking and traveling community, creating a space for shared experiences and memorable outdoor getaways.
And for that, I am now downloading the app :)

Now, let's talk about the shoes. We girls wear different shoes for different occasion and mood. When it comes to embracing adventures, we must wear the most comfortable and perfect footwear. 

The Merrell's Capra Collection which will soon be available on April will offer an array of shoes ready to take you on any terrain:

 Destination: Bakun Trio 
. The Bakun Trio consists of three mountains: Mts. Lobo, Tenglawan, and Kabunian. Imagine braving uneven terrain, steep and slippery trails to and from the summit of each mountain in three days.

I haven't tried hiking but I did climb the Great Wall. Does that count? 

Recommended Gear: Merrell Capra Bolt
The lightweight Capra Bolt will keep you surefooted and rooted in confidence. Its UniFlyTM midsole ensures stability, agility, and a more efficient stride on faster trails, while the M SelectTM GRIP’s Capra hoof-inspired sole allows optimal footing on unpredictable terrain.

Waterfalls Hopping
Destination: Laguna Waterfalls (Hulugan Falls, Aliw Falls, and Pagsanjan)
I experienced my first waterfalls adventure last year. My first time to trek. It was a great feeling and I am looking forward to doing it again because I instantly "fall" in love with the experience. It was an unplanned trip which makes it exciting and fun).

What happens when you wear slippers that is not for trekking Haha

Those who like water adventures can give waterfall hopping a try. The Hulugan, Aliw, and Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna are great choices. 

Recommended Gear: Merrell Capra Rapid
The Merrell Capra Rapid features M SelectTM Wet Grip and Capra hoof-inspired siped sole ideal for wet, slick, and unpredictable terrain. Its quick-drying upper and midsole are self-draining, keeping the feet light.

Urban Exploration
Destination: Cebu (Bantayan Island, Malapascua, and Cebu City Tour)
Exploring cities is one of the pleasant and easy ways to discover new things. A one and a half hour flight from Manila to Cebu can get you pumped up to discover its hidden treasures. I highly recommend the Bantayan Island. Next on my bucketlist is Malapascua. It is recommended to wear shoes that provide good traction and keep you at ease with all the walking you will do.

I was wearing my fave travel shoes :)

Recommended Gear: Capra Sandal and Capra Rapid Sieve
The pair of Merrell shoes is quick-drying, highly ventilated hydro-hiker sandal with a grippy outsole and supportive upper.

Ready for your adventure?

Shout out to Rodel and Say for winning the instagram contest during the launch!

Find the perfect pair for your next getaway in Merrell stores at TriNoma, SM North EDSA Annex, Glorietta 3, Market! Market!, Festival Mall Alabang, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Harbor Point Subic, SM City DasmariƱas, Gaisano Mall Davao, Abreeza Mall Davao, SM Lanang Premier, and SM Ecoland Davao. Merrell is also available in leading department stores and sports specialty stores nationwide.

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