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Page updated 20/05/07
The Wasdale mountain Rescue Team has a policy of part funding essential team gear. This has a number of benefits in that team members get a good discount on their protective clothing but also, as they part fund they can use it for personal use. As it is being used and part paid by the team member they look after the gear.
Team boots have been considered for some time and recently in May 2005 the team decided to subsidise Full Team Member boots to the value of £60 covering a three year period. Boot choice is personal and this page is to show team members what their colleagues have bought and what they think about them.
Raichle Mountain View - semi rigid Gortex. These retail at around
£160. Due to Richard Warren trashing his Raichle All Degree Lite Gore-Tex - £120
(see bottom of page) on a rescue after 18 months he phoned up Raichle who
very kindly offered a brand new pair at less than half price. One
point worth mentioning is the importance of looking after your boots.
Constant immersion followed by drying out and not weather proofing will
inevitable result in the stitching rotting. He plans to look after
these ones which are the next level up and so far are behaving well.
Added to page 20 May 2007
Garmont winter boots (Retail £150)
Bought by Richard Warren at the team's Kern Knotts Auction in July 06. Only started wearing them in October '06 to bed them in for the winter. Colour is a little bright and at size 12 need thicker socks. Too early to tell but very waterproof and very supportive on the ankle. Will see what they are like in winter conditions.
Added to page 24/10/06
La Sportiva Trango - £160
Bought by Gordon Starkie - A multi-task boot which have just returned from 2 weeks in the French Alps. The first time they were worn (2 weeks ago) was to ascend an 8,000 ft climb. They have an all terrain sole, Goretex liner and can take articulated crampons. They are very comfortable and although a relatively narrow fitting for alpine mountaineering, I had no difficulty with them. They are fully waterproof as tested in Patterdale climbing up to Fairfield through the wet grass and bogs.
Added to page 25/7/05
Same boots 11 months on, 50 rescues plus social walking plus a season in the Dolomites
Solomons - Ladies
Saffron's brand new boots after the rescue on 21 June 2005 - seem to have stood up to the stretcher carry and wet conditions. Team were more tired than the boots - this photo taken at 03.00 am
Added tp page 22 June 05
Scarpa ZG10 GTX £140
Bought by Julian Carradice - verdict very good but a bit too bendy for scrambling. Wanted to replace his Kefas with Kefas but the original design / style is no longer available.
Raichle - Gore-Tex Lined - £120 www.raichle.ch/
Bought by Ben Whiteley - excellent pair of boots
These are the more solid of the two models of Reichle three season
leather boots that are currently on the market. I can't remember the
name but they are the brown leather ones rather than the blue leather
Raichle All Degree Lite Gore-Tex - £120 www.raichle.ch/
Bought by Richard Warren - First class scrambling boot, narrow fitting and light. First used as a brand new pair on a 2 day backpacking trip with full load only suffered two blisters on small toes. Used them scrambling up Lord's rake and the steep grassy slopes above the top of the Rake. Also for climbing on Broad Stand - very good and very comfortable.
Had wanted to replace my aged and holed Kefas boots with the same make but they are no longer manufactured so bought these which were an excellent choice. This design was reviewed in July 2005 TRAIL magazine and was highly recommended ............"Stiff, lightweight, waterproof: it's the perfect year-round boot for mountaineers"
Same Boots - 10 months on - photo taken above Ullswater 14/4/06
Boots still very comfortable and are keeping my feet dry in extreme weather conditions - only wear is on stitching running down from the heal - tread still OK and this is after 39 rescues and numerous scrambles and fell walks - still a very good pair of all round mountaineering boots - have not used them with flexible crampons though
Martin Young's Dog - very comfortable and great for getting up close to the sheep when they are cragfast. However, a bit of a hindrance when jumping over gates or getting into Martin's car.
following picture is again of dog boots but these are the real Macoy - we
rescued Prince from the summit plateau of Scafell Pike on 22 July 2006
with cut paws - his owner sent us this picture to add to the Truelife
rescue story page which you can read here
This is an extract from the note we received from his owner..............
"Hope you like the picture of Prince with his new walking boots on, they
cost me £32 from Outdoor Warehouse in Windermere. He hasn't tried to get them off yet
so they must be helping him, mind you he is so laid back that it wouldn't
bother him anyway!"
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