Ever heard of Patagonia's Worn Wear initiative? Well its Patagonia's way of making sure their gear lasts as long as possible, they offer a range of guides and tips on how to repair your gear, offer material to make your own repairs and even offer a free (you cover postage) professional repair service. This little known fact makes you think twice about paying out more than average for their kit and makes you rethink your kit as an investment for the foreseeable future not just this season. I have a pair of Side Send trousers off for repair at the moment and a wetsuit about to go.
Myself and Ella had a quick weekend blast up to the Lakes, mainly to drop into an open day at my old Uni in Ambleside to have a look at a masters degree in outdoor and experiential learning. We got out on the fell Sunday and decided for a wet and grey go at Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag. The last time I climbed the ridge was back in 2010 (ish) with Ben in glorious sunshine as a solo. On this occasion it was soaking, muddy and the cloud base was at the valley floor, it felt very alpine! We decided to work the ridge like an alpine ascent and moved together quickly up the ridge. The crux corner was a horror show of wet moss and mud but went easy after the second step out of the crack.
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