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Dial a Friend: Merrell Activates ‘Walk & Talk’ Hotline Hiking Companions

This past week, Merrell launched its Walk & Talk hotline to help connect people with nature for the duration of June (Great Outdoors Month).

Need a breather? Looking to get more in touch with nature? Want to try something new? For all of June, you can check out Merrell’s ‘Walk & Talk’ hotline. Courtesy of the brand, the hotline is a way of “sharing the simple power of being outside with everyone.”

“As a brand, we’re committed to making the outdoors welcoming, approachable, and inclusive to all,” said Jenny Bernsteen, brand equity marketing manager at Merrell.

“Our goal with the Walk & Talk hotline is to provide a way that makes spending more time outdoors easier so more can see how the outdoors makes them happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.”

Here’s how it works.

Dial in for Hotline Bliss on Your Next Hike

You’ll dial a toll-free number to speak with a live outdoor representative that will accompany you for a walk. The hotline is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT) and can be reached at (844) WALKTLK, or (844) 925-5855.

One of Merrell’s outdoor reps will answer, provide a fun prompt, and you can get to walking and enjoying the outdoors!

Here are some of the fun options you’ll hear once dialing in:

  • Dial 1 for a guided meditation on walking mindfully
  • Dial 2 to hear a dad joke (outdoor-themed)
  • Dial 3 for a painstakingly detailed tutorial on how to properly apply sunscreen
  • Dial 4 for some outdoor motivation
  • Dial 5 to be transported to Aspen

The hotline chats run 10-15 minutes in length.

Intrigued? So are we! The next time you get out for a walk, consider bringing one of Merrell’s virtual outdoor representatives along with you.

If you do call in, Merrell’s offering a 15% discount off hotline customers’ next order at

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.