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Quite, Davie. The .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
2007-10-12 14:31:07
Sense and Dress Sense
It's a shame Cra's original comment on the MR has disappeared. I read it but, as the Junior Spy Decoder I got with my Cornflakes was on the blink, may not have translated it properly. It seemed to me he was making some valid points about the rescue in question and if the MR find that damaging, jays it's only a website.

Where I felt he was going totally wrong was in his outburst of rucksack fascism. I obviously now can't check back but it seemed to me that he was dissing some poor bystander for having only a 20-litre job which wouldn't hold enough warm gear to let them stand themself, let alone provide blankets and a mattress to the victim. Well this is outrageous. I started winter-walking with a 15-litre and my ice-axe just lodged in the shoulder straps for a samurai-style draw. Then I fell and drove it into a bank with my neck and walked like Quasimodo for a month but that doesn't make me wrong.

The contents of your rucksack should be between you and the Customs Officer. My mate Ronnie uses a 1970s 50-litre effort which has been the subject of extensive speculation but the only practical thing he's produced so far is a pair of rusty nail-scissors we used to release a sheep from wire in the Pins this summer. Myself, I've moved up to a 35 litre pack but I'm still puzzled why it appears to weigh the same with full winter gear as it does on a summer day and I'm not carrying asbestos blankets on the off-chance that I come across a burning girl guide.

No, let Cra stick to informed criticism of the Mountain Rescue (and his membership of Galloway MR does suggest rufty-tufty) and leave mountain fashion to us doyens of the Beinns.
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