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Posted: 29 August 2007
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This week Richard answers questions about what footwear to use for
scrambling on Skye's Cuillin Ridge, suggests ways of modifying a
floppy hood with limited adjustment and muses on women's belay
jackets and which is the warmest.
Q: I'm gonna be doing some scrambling on Skye
in a few weeks time and getting all sorts of advice about
the right boots for the job........ any advice and
recommendations would be more than welcome. I'm a size 8 1/2
or 9 and definitely needs a ladies boot, mens boots are just
A: Gear here, Richard 'Scrambling' Gear and yes,
it all can get a little confusing. Anyway, before you splash
out on new boots for a scrambling trip, I'd take a look at
what you already have in your footwear cave.
Because gabbro, the rock which mostly forms the Cuillins,
is so rough, rubber compound isn't really a big issue. It's
more important that whatever you wear is comfortable and,
preferably protects your ankles as well, since the rock is
also extremely abrasive...
Q: What's the warmest synthetic belay jacket cut for
A: Gear here, Richard 'Niche' Gear, and here's why
I say 'niche'. Synthetic belay jackets are fantastically
effective garments and work on the principle that you'll be
pretty warm while moving but cool down fast once you
The idea is that you use thin, breathable clothing while
on the move, but when you stop, you simply throw a big,
warm, synthetic jacket over the top of whatever else you're
Q: Hi Richard, I've got a sticky question
is there any glue that can be used safely on
breathable, waterproof fabric without damaging it?
A: Gear here, Richard 'Adhesive' Gear, master of,
well, sticking fabrics together really. To be honest, I'd be
reluctant to use an aftermarket adhesive to try and bond a
In an ideal world, I'd suggest using a specialist outdoor
clothing repair company to modify the hood, however given
that the jacket only retails for around £70, I don't
think that's a cost effective option in this case.. ...
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