Getting the better of a Yeti

pc020110.JPGWoke this morning – as many folk all over the country will have – to several inches of the white stuff.

All the kids in the village were bursting with excitement – though I think that was more to do with the school bus not being able to get through than the prospect of sledging. Steph too was thrilled as the trains aren’t running so she can have a day at home working in the warmth of the new central heating.

And the snow couldn’t have come at a better time for me – I’m just putting the finishing touches to a review of gaiters for TGO Magazine, so am off for one last long plod in ideal conditions.

Thing is, I’m currently testing Berghaus Yeti gaiters. Almost three years ago, when Steve Perry was well in the throes of his Winter284 unbroken backpacking expedition over all the Munros (Scottish hills that have appeared in more than 3000 guidebooks), he sent me a text along the lines of “Expedition abandoned due to exhaustion – just fitted a pair of Yeti gaiters.”

And so it was as I came to fit mine. Took me more than an hour to fit the pair. I warmed the rubber rand, tugged it in every direction, then tried to pull them over a pair of Berghaus Torc ST boots. At one point, in desperation, I used the shovel out of the coal scuttle to try to lever the toe over the rand – the shovel snapped.

Steph was banned from helping physically in case the effort brought on premature labour (she’s got three months to go, folks, and is looking great!) but it was her advice that solved the problem in the end: shove the boot’s toe through the hole in the front of the rand, then get the heel in position, before wrestling the gaiter’s toe over the boot’s toe.

Doesn’t it sound easy?

Anyway, it’s going to take me a while to recover so here’s a picture of our local as it was at about 7.30am today… I might have to nip in for a reviving nip before I take off in these Yetis.



John Manning

Freelance outdoor writer John Manning and his family are based in the Yorkshire Dales

4 thoughts on “Getting the better of a Yeti

  • 02/12/2008 at 10:47 pm

    Ooooh Alan, the boozer – it’s smashing, in a local boozer in the sticks kind of a way. Friendly locals, very friendly landlord and friendly abuse too occasionally. Didn’t you call in on your Le Jog? You’d only have been a couple of miles away?

    Currently serving Thwaites Original and Nutty Black beers, plus some keg stuff, like Thwaites’ Smooth.*

    If you’re gonna drop by to sample them, please bring a sleeping bag as we’re redecorating the spare rooms at the mo’ – our place is the first one after the pub!

    * Corrected – not John Smith’s as I thought. Had to go back to check… a couple of times, just to be sure!

  • 02/12/2008 at 10:43 pm

    Yetis are still really the only gaiter I’ve used that’s virtually water-tight (I wouldn’t say “proof” for any gaiter that I’ve tried).

    And yes they are old hat – there’s essentially been no change to the design at all in the 14 years since I last wore a pair.

    But I had a word with a very nice chap at Berghaus today who tells me they’re due a revamp. Not before time – ironically they’re still produced to fit an Attak sole though no-one makes Attak soles (or an equivalent) any more.

    It’s like someone set up a factory producing what was then a top-spec gaiter, and forgot to ever tell it to stop.

    Reason they’re still around, apparently, is cos the military folks love ’em.

  • 02/12/2008 at 9:33 pm

    Snow and hills are stunning. A pint at the end of the walk (In Alan’s case multiply by a lot) makes it a great day out.

    Yeti gaiters are sooooooo old hat. They came out in the 80s didn’t they?

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