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Glyn Dodwell's guide to essential items of clothing for Autumn and Winter.
With autumn then winter rapidly approaching it is time to think ahead to the essential gear you will need before heading up into the hills. Although this has not been the best summer in the world, it has been reasonably warm and, for the most part, I was walking in shorts and t-shirts.
What I submit to you here is what I feel is the five essentials to be worn, or carried, throughout the autumn and winter.
Whilst they may be my five essentials, do not be tempted to put everything on at the car park because it feels cold and wet. Remember you will quickly start to generate heat and you do not want to overheat or have to stop to de-kit. Dress for how you will feel in 10 minutes time, not for how you feel now. Remember it may be wet but warm so just don a base and outer layer or if it is cold and dry then the base and mid layer.
Think climate - think clothing
Glyn has been a hill-walker for 50 years, walking all over the world but particularly in Wales, Scotland and Lake District. His love for the outdoors and survival started as a young Scout, before he joined the RAF and trained in combat survival.
Not content to take it easy, Glyn is a Radio Amateur and participates in an scheme called Summits-On-The-Air, which involves operating portable radio equipment from the tops of summits using onlythe equipment carried in your rucksack.
Having just turned 60 himself, Glyn was surprised to see how little encouragement there is to get the 'older generation' out into the hills. And despite suffering from arthritis, severe pain and a stroke 2 years ago, he is a determined Champion for the greater involvement of over 60's in hill-walking.
You can find out about Glyn's adventures here.