Last weekend I started on a herculean task of sorting out the attic. You know the sort of thing:
“I need to clear out all the kids’ toys, twenty years worth of the wife’s old clothes before the ceiling in our bedroom collapses sort of cleanup”
Anyway, I come across some old magazines – old copies of Trail Walker (now just Trail) and The Great Outdoors (TGO) from the early 1990’s. It gave me a good excuse to have a break to flick through and have a look at what we were wearing and camping with.
As you can imagine there has been quite a few changes in the last 20 years.
Here are a few things that caught my eye
- Everyone seemed to be wearing red, pink and mauve clothing.
- Big leather boots and Ron Hill’s everywhere – no trail shoes to be seen
- Walking trousers tucked into red socks
- Fabric boots, mainly Line 7 – (I had a pair of those)
- Sympatex, Aquafoil, Cyclone, Cascade, Texapore waterproof jackets
- Graham Thompson looking about 12 years old – well 18!!
- Every backpacking shot showing a bright yellow Karrimat hanging off a large rucksack – was there any other mat in the UK?
- A Sony GPS system looking like something out of Star-Trek costing £650. Did anyone own one of these?
- Lots of badly laid out black and white adverts
- But in amongst this, lots of great routes and articles.