Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Friday, 21 May 2021

Waterproof clothing - Mk 1

I suspect it was August 1967 when my dad drove me and Mike, and I think Geoff, who must have taken the photo, to Hollows Farm campsite near Grange (Borrowdale). He dropped us off and collected us a few days later.

It was our first visit to the Lake District, and we set off up Scafell Pikes in the rain. On reaching the summit, we worked out that we were on Lingmell. Oops!

My anorak wasn't waterproof, so my waterproof clothing in this era comprised an ICI fertiliser bag with a hole cut in the bottom to allow breathing. I don't recall Mike P mentioning this form of waterproof clothing in his excellent book 'Keeping Dry and Staying Warm'.

We will be backpacking with Mike P this coming weekend - hence the 'Mobile Posting' test by way of the previous posting. I can reassure him that we have moved on slightly from the ICI bag form of waterproofing, which actually worked very well.

I can't remember whether we got to the top of Scafell Pikes (I think we did), but I can remember watching Mike for some some making futile attempts to catch a trout for supper, as his bag of popcorn was empty.


bowlandclimber said...

Hollows Farm. Possibly the best campsite in the Lakes.
Spent many happy family holidays there next to the River Derwent.

Sir Hugh said...

I seem to remember there was an eccentric elderly guy who used to communicate with us and also hens running about but the details have faded. Wallowbarrow always had a friendly ambience.

Phreerunner said...

"eccentric elderly guy" - that could be any of us!?