I can’t remember the last time i wore shorts on a big hill day, and I don’t think I’ve ever worn them when I was wild camping. Since the 70’s anyway.
The thought of wearing a short sleeved t-shirt on an overnighter was regularly dismissed until last week proved it to be a mighty fine option given the right conditions, and during last winter I regularly wore a Chocolate Fish merino vest as my first layer as well, so I’m contradicting myself a bit here if you wanted to be very pedantic.
But shorts, as nice as they might be I think I’ll have trouble overcoming the mental block there. But on a bike it’s different, I’m happy in shorts even though I pick up the occasional tick from riding through long grass. And it’s ticks that are part of why I like to stick to long trousers, luckily legs vents are the saviour of that situation and even in the boxed-in super heat we found in the glen was bearable.
Last week I saw more than one person in shorts and wearing full length gaiters and boots, now try as I might, I just don’t get that one. Surely that has to be hotter than long trousers and trail shoes? Is that a tick prevention routine?
There were folks in short shorts and boots, that’s kind of one from the top row and one from the bottom row, but nothing in-between. Which is a bit like me, the lightest footwear and heaviest pants I saw over the whole trip.
And, what about Pelloby there with her long sleeve merino base layer and shorts combo, yet another option.
Anyway, I may become open to the idea shorts should I find some baggy enough and with big pockets.
But, I shall say no to zip-offs. I had a bad experience with them as a child.