What is it with waterproof jackets, cagoules and smocks? We are bombarded with hype and advertising garbage about the merits of various laminated membranes and how efficient they are in transferring water vapour to keep us dry in any conditions. If not a laminate, it is some new fibre that has super powers of moisture transfer. The fact is , for me and anyone else who sweats when under exertion, none of these live up to the hype. Quite simply, they don't work. It's a lie. The worst of them are so inefficient at doing what they are supposed to do that they are useless. As someone who runs hot on the hill, I might just as well wear a bin-liner. I just wish the manufacturers would be a little more honest in their claims. I can live with being warm and damp. I just don't like being mislead. The shot above is a case in point. Red Pike on the High Stile Ridge. I left Buttermere YHA in heavy rain, had a look around the waterfall and then started the ascent. It was wet and not too cold, and the PacLite gave up the ghost within 100 feet. I was soaked with condensation and stayed that way until the rain stopped. Only then could I get the smock off and begin to dry out, by which time the rain was clearing as I approached Red Pike. Nice clouds though, as the light began to break through. If someone made arms and hoods for bin-liners, they could be onto something. Unless Gore have already thought of that. I think they have.

Red Pike was taken on the M7 (11) with 43mm lens with 25a filter, Delta 400 in ID11.

Hand held at 15th sec. 'cos I, errr, forgot the tripod quick release plate. Duh!


BG! said…
Nice pic- very moody.

As for waterproofs, I've given up wearing mid-layers under them while I'm ascending. Just a baselayer is usually enough, unless it's winter, in which case I'll wear the Rab VR Climb instead.
Yeah, me too BG. I only put on a warm layer if I need one when I stop. I've come to the conclusion that PacLite is almost useless, apart from the weight. Thanks for your comment on the shot.