There’s always a bit of debate about whether we need all the fancy and expensive tech gear, and of course we don’t, but it does make life easier, and even more fun at times.
I found my old BMC Safety On Mountains book at my folks and had to post these pages on what-to-wear. It shows how times have changed, and I’m not taking the piss here by posting it, I think it makes some genuinely important points from across the years (it was published in 1988). Included in the list are: wants versus needs;all the gear and no idea; hooray for chest pockets; and has the girl in the drawing grown a moustache or is she pouting?
The book was written by John Barry and Tim Jepson with assistance from Plas y Brenin Staff, Dr I.W. Jones and the BMC Training Committee. The illustrations were by Roger Durban.
Clothing on the hill needs to do two things: it must provide protection from the rain and wind and it must insulate from the cold by retaining warm air close to the skin.
In addition, well made and designed clothes shoild be strong but light, permit plenty of movement without restriction, and should “breathe” to allow perspiration to escape.