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Monday, February 4, 2008

Challenge Gear
No, not the sort of gear that has Mr. PC Plod knocking on your front door early one morning, but the lightweight variety, beloved of challengers everywhere. With May fast approaching it seems everyone is trying to reduce their rucksacks weight, the challenge message board is full of advice on and requests for info on how to cut pack weight down or what lightweight down jackets and food dehydrators to use. While old hands are cutting their weight down by other means, such as Terry L. who is not carrying Stefan this year, but getting himself carried across by Richard B. instead.

Last summer after finishing the Tour of The Jungfrau Region we visited the first european Mont-Bell shop in Grindelwald, the shop was full of interestingly designed light weight kit. I had used a Mont-Bell Thermawrap jacket on the challenge last year and found it coped well with cold nights on high camps, despite its low weight. So, on seeing a gilet Thermawrap in the store I immediately bought one for this years challenge. The weight of the gilet is low (around 169 grms), lighter than some base layers, and it takes up hardly any space in my pack and my initial impressions are good, so hopefully an ideal top for the fickle weather of the challenge. Of course others will have their own idea's on whats their ideal challenge wear, a discussion I recently had with Phil L. at The Challenge Reunion last October, while Mr Sloman tried on womens tights and other garments in the Ice Factor outdoor shop at Kinlochleven.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Mr G, you are a tease...what other items of ladies attire will Mr S be wearing this May?

February 5, 2008 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Lynnie has pointed out to me that perhaps I should consider the thong as a suitable undergarment - so much less material and therefore so much lighter.

February 5, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Michael. I think you refer to the idea (originally floated by Humph) of a 'retro challenge' this year.

I have been compelled to abandon this project owing to the sheer expense of decently tailored tweeds and hand made leather boots.

So instead today I purchased a Paramo Velez Smock - for many the jacket of choice for the Challenge. As it kept Alan warm and dry for nearly 1700 miles of LEJOG backpacking I reckoned it was a good bet.

By the way, if anyone wants a real bargain, you can get a Velez Smock in brown for just £99.00 HERE. Shame they haven't got a large size, but if you're small, medium or extra large, this could be a real steal.

February 6, 2008 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Just been advised of a bad bit of html (whoops!).

Just in case the link to the Paramo bargain didn't display in your browser, it's HERE

Rgds

Phil

February 6, 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger michael gray said...

Hi Alan,

we will assume with Lynnie's good taste that it is a smart-wool thong, in black of course, but how much would the spare one in your rucksack weigh?, and is this the first tentative steps towards naturism?

February 8, 2008 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger michael gray said...

Hi Phil,
I thought the 'retro challenge' was pencilled in for the 2009 crossing. Along with 30 Munro's (or/and corbetts) completed in tweeds, felt hat and alpenstock with hand shakes on all climbed Munros to honour the 30th year.

February 8, 2008 at 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Paramo Man said...

Damned good price - but I'm a large too!

February 11, 2008 at 6:19 PM  

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