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.