Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Good pair of waterproof boots?

My current pair of 8” Altai Super Fabric boots aren’t waterproof anymore, due to tears in the waterproof fabric, so I’m thinking of what I might get to replace them whenever.

The safe bet would be to get another pair of Altai’s, but they’re pretty damn expensive even with all the plus points that they had, which were:

  • sports shoe type sole
  • comfy enough to not need breaking in
  • side zip
  • flexible toe, due to it being a fabric type material. However I think the flexibility combined with a relatively stiff fabric style material combined may have led to the tears. Can’t confirm though.
  • dries out pretty fast, even when the insides get wet

Anyone know of similar boots with such properties?

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