A Special Thursday as Andrew Mirelman has organised a Winter Kit Night in the back room of the Knavesmire with sandwiches from 8.30 pm. (See top post with sticky). So as you plan your week, perhaps this week save the journey to Harrogate, have an earlier session at Energise or Goat and support this event.
In addition to the hardware which will be available to handle and discuss, I’ll be contributing a display of “software” … technical photos and info over 25 years which should provide talking points even for the most experienced, as well as a window into winter stuff for those yet to enjoy it.
I’ll also have some gear for sale. On behalf of Frank, very lightly used or un-used. Deadman £15, short slings @ £2, longer slings @ £3, screwgates £6, click gate £4.
So lets plan for a jolly social night with things to try, see, argue and reminisce about, all around a solid core of mountaineering practicalities.
And sandwiches too !!
Thanks Andrew, I agree its a great idea. I will be there with a range hardware old and new to discuss. I look forward to a bit of a debate about paramo/layers…I’m not sold..and the perennial waterproof trousers discussion. This really is a good event for new or newer members as well, as we have time for a chat over a sandwich.
“The uniform ‘e wore
Was nothing much be-fore
And rather less than half of that behind”
by. Rudyard Kipling, quoted by John Barry in “Snow and Ice Climbing”
Both technology and fashion have arrived on winter hills since that was written, and there are many different preferences !!
As for me, I have kept my top half warm since 1994 using Buffalo jackets worn next to the skin, supplemented by a goretex shell jacket in foul conditions.
I never have any anxiety as I know with the buffalo I will always be warm.
Last winter and this one, I have taken to Paramo Cascada 2 trousers (the ones that fit properly !!) worn with merino wool long johns. No overtrousers. I have stayed dry and warm in cold driving rain and in all winter conditions. (Annual re-proofing necessary).
But other folks will have other strokes, and gear is expensive !