Dont take this seriously….because i dont !!

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.

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2 responses

  1. Dude, been saying it for a long time! Footwear nazis, oh he was wearing trainers, love their reaction to me in Five Fingers! They think they are the protectors of the hill, they read Trail, they post on the forum! Haha if they thought outside the box, maybe the ould pull their head out of their arse occasionally!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

  2. ukmase

    You never hear them slate a rock climber who has injured himself. Thats okay, they are experienced, well prepared and have all the right gear. But you cant hide the fact that they are dangling from a cliff face on a thread of rope. They deserve to be rescued by the moutain rescue.

    Dont get me wrong im not having a go at rock climbers, but FFS just beause someone have jeans on doesnt mean they are going to die. FFS wearing a down jacket alone is probably worse, once wet it is useless.

    Protectors of the hills….i like that one

    January 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm

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