I got asked on a few occasions when asked what was the Corporate issue to the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams. This was from a few filmmakers who were reacting a few Call-outs. They were amazed that most folk wore their own gear.
Ron Hill tracksters we’re very popular in the 80’s & 90’s. The troops were in these days very individual this was shown in many ways especially hill gear. On formal inspections we wore the big boots, breeches and jumpers with red socks. It was to keep the powers that be happy. I remember on an inspection at RAF Leuchars in Fife we got a call out and it was a job in the far North to Ben Hope. Immediately the inspection gear was ditched and our own gear used.
Nowadays it’s all great gear that we fought for over the years. Slowly improving things for the better. The gear is far superior now as is the equipment but when I look back how different it was.