Rant about jeans
After reading a few outdoor forums this weekend there seems to be a recurring theme with posts from forum users condemning anyone who they see 50m above sea level with jeans on or what they deem unsuitable clothing. For Pete’s sake give it a rest !!
I don’t know if it’s a way of gaining your stripes on an outdoor forum these days but everyone seems to be at it. Personally if I see someone in the outdoors I don’t look them up and down to see if they pass my kit list test. I have better to things to worry about and wouldn’t patronise someone by even mentioning it let alone feel the need to air my frustration with the unholy turn of events on an internet forum.
Not everyone needs to be dressed with enough gear to tackle an alpine peak every time they set foot on a hillside. This was hammered home to me when I was in Morocco. A Dutch couple who had no previous experience with mountains tackled Toubkal at the same time as our group. The girl was dressed in jeans – shock horror. Anyway they beat us to the summit by an hour and where chilling back at Mohammad’s hours before we trudged through the door.
There is a place in the hills for everyone, don’t buy into the magazines views that you must conform to their kit recommendations before you set foot on the hills for the first time.