Lessons: 20 - 27
This is the fourth part in my ‘Lessons’ series. I wanted to share these light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek bits of knowledge.
I enjoy climbing in the mountains; I usually have a rich experience and plenty of adventure. The reward is usually much sweeter and lasts longer, too. Having said that, I’ve failed or bailed in the mountains many, many times!
Normally, when packing for a big alpine route, I have to spend hours thinking and weighing each item of clothing, considering it’s benefits and disadvantages. My decision is formed by the objective, the weather forecast, the current conditions and my partner. For example: will the route be done in a quick day or two? Is the forecast for ‘unseasonably cold’ weather? Is my partner psyched to go heavy or light?
I’ll admit to being a geek about kit; (I think most climbers secretly are). It can make a big difference to your enjoyment on a big route, and it has to be relied upon. As we know, fast and light is (usually) right.
The following information is mainly for my benefit: next time I won’t have to spend so long packing and stressing. I can just refer to this information. This has also been written without any incentive from sponsors; It’s just kit I highly rate and I’d like to share the knowledge gained from taking the right (and wrong) kit in the mountains over the years. Read it and make your own decisions.