Gear Reviews – lies! and some great old kit.

Two years old and nearly at the end of life, will make good plant pots soon!

I stopped getting the climbing magazines as it was all about gear, that I could not afford and climbs I could not do. Very few tell the real tales of how good or bad the gear they review is. These boots have been fine, they cost me about £100 and are into there final summer, that will be three seasons with a fair amount of hills done and value for money. I cannot believe the cost of kit and who can afford it in these days of recession. Jackets at £200 -£300 that leak and never last. to me there is no thing as waterproof after a few uses. Of course you can reproof the garment but it still leaks and you get wet.

Henry Lyodd Jackets state of the art in 1977. Note the map pockets and the knackered wild eyes

The walks across Scotland were a great way to test kit and we were happy when we got our new Henry Lyodd jackets in 1977. We even modified them with a map pocket, which was a great addition then. We still got very wet inside and they were pretty heavy. This was a really bad day on the Mamores when we were having a real hard time hence the grim looks. We were cold tired and knackered, things never change. The greatest thing about this was we all bought the new Helly Hansen polar fleeces, they were revolutionary. They were light, warm,dried easily and had a zip incredible and they were hard wearing ideal for the mountains. The RAF bought them for teams about 3 years later. We used to wear Moleskin breaches as well that iced up and froze on you and of course the famous Curlies a basic boot, that your feet froze in, especially in winter. Great days, all the gear and no idea is still a good saying!

Terry Moore wearing a Helly Hansen Polar fleece and the trousers in a bothy on the West to East 1977. What Bothy!


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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