Old gear always comes up doesn’t it? We’re always slipping on a purple patch and landing on an arse covered with Karisma fleece.
Everything new is judged on it’s own merits, but also on past experience with stuff which of course “the don’t make it like that anymore”. And they don’t, they make it better, or different, or worse.
How much the gear ties in with personal memories of days gone past is a big part of it. I can put together outfits and summits frighteningly reliably going back at least to when I carried two woolly jumpers as insulation and emergency insulation.
Some stuff trancends the retro or the classic and strides into the legendary. The item below fits easily into the latter catagory. It’s a 60’s Karrimor Whillans Alpiniste, a lightweight wonder of canvas and leather. I’ll be covering it more in a wee while, including some inside info from the man that co-designed it and did some of the assembly.
One thing about some of this old gear, it was built to do a job, be simple, functional and unobtrusive. By default that makes it light. That’s still where we should be.