There’s an unfamiliar sight on my back below, an OMM Mountain Mover. I got annoyed with it because the side mesh pockets hold onto bottles about as well a Dalek. Not the modern type, one from the 60’s movies with Peter Cushing. They were good daleks, big and badass. Some had a pincer hand instead of a plunger, so that’s the ones I’m meaning when I’m thinking of poor grip. Although in the first movie, a dalek with a pincer hand did take one of the TARDIS’ Fluid Links from Peter Cushing’s pocket. I’m sure a stage hand Sellotaped it there when we weren’t looking.
The extra room (it’s 55+10 litres) means less careful packing, more snacks and with that padded hipbelt it’s a lovely carry. The external stowage is great (apart from bottles), the two extra side pockets are brilliant. With the chest pouch I never missed the hip-fin pockets. So, it’s redeemed itself to a large extent, and it’ll be going out again. I don’t think it looks like a 65L pack either?
The Berghaus Temperance made its debut as the wind picked up and spindrift lashed at my coupon, and what can I say, the fit, comfort and usability were all fine and the hood, ah the hood. This is a hood that was born to look for bad weather and spit in its eye.
It’s not perfect, the pocket zips are a little short especially with gloves on, and the fastened ends of the hood drawcords make a quick tighten a little more faffy than it needs to be. Just niggles and no more however, it’s looking good.
I had the Marmot Powerstretch Half Zip on which was brilliant, and has been underused of late, clothing elsewhere was pretty much the same as on Lomond last week. Indeed some of it still had some Lomond on it…
I had Keen Growlers and Kahtoola Steel crampons this time, I wasn’t risking stiff boots on bendy feet on what might have been a very long day.
Another familiar sight was an Optimus Crux Lite stove, a new shiny one from the distributors after they learned of last years scary pyrotechnic mishap with my old one.
It’s had a tweak or two the new version, it worked well, and feels like an old pal. The gas was “Energy by Optimus”, 100g of Butane/Isobutane/Propane in a bright green can. We’ve talked about stove performance a lot, and one variable has always been gas. I’ve been sent a box of the Optimus fuel, so that’s all I’ll be using for the next wee while and hopefully it’ll help with stove nitpicking.
Now, I took my Merino Buff and Chocolate Fish Tuara to do a head to head of sorts after Toby posted a comment, and it was enlightening stuff.
The Buff was worn from the motor, through the night and onto the top of the hill. By this time the front where I had been breathing had frozen into a corrugated lump and was hanging off my face, all stretched to hell. Off it came and the Tuara went on (below, just in view). It only got a few hours use, but the thicker fabric, and the sewn double-layer construction looked as if it’ll take these conditions better, the inner layer got wet from my breath, but never froze. It is warmer though.
It’s like a thought, no winner between the two, more like summer/winter siblings. Good to know.