About Running Waterproof Jackets – Waterproof clothing for use in active sports has a hard job. It must stop you getting wet from the outside but allow the moisture generated by your body to escape. All breathable waterproof clothing will stop you getting wet from the rain but top quality fabrics breathe much better than budget items. Vents help by letting the wind blow moisture away but they’re not a subsitute for better fabric. Breathable waterproof clothing will only work if the moisture given off by your body is still vapour as it passes through the membrane. To allow this, you need to wear the right clothing underneath and keep insulation to a minimum to reduce perspiration. Technical base layers and fleece fabrics will transmit moisture away from your skin and let it escape through the outer layer. Absorbent fabrics like cotton will stop this process as will wearing the waterproof right next to your skin. As the moisture vapour passes out through the outer layer, it needs to pass into air - not water. That’s why the outer fabric is treated with a water repellant finish, so it stays dry. If this finish gets worn off, you need to replace it.

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Logbook Overview 2012-2013

2012

October - OMM Mountain Marathon, Comrie Scotland

December - Patterdale, Lake District, see previous blog entries

June - Snowdonia wild camp, see previous blog entries. 

October - OMM Mountain Marathon on the Howgills. Unseasonably cold and clear conditions on day one followed by cloud and low visibility on day 2 which also cleared by lunchtime.

2013

January - Snowdonia - Snowdon via y Cribin scramble. 

February - Scotland - Section of Mamores ridge (Na Gruagaichean) in deep snow and white out conditions (6hrs) and CMD route on Ben Nevis from Ski Centre (9hrs)

April - Lake District in Snow and Ice: Fairfield horseshoe (6hrs), Grey Knotts Brandreth/Great Gable/Scafell via Corridor route (8hrs) and Blencathra via Sharp Edge in Ice (5hrs)

June - Welsh 1000m peak race over highest summits of the Carneddau, Glyders and Snowdon

August - Ailefroide Orientale Alpine Peak / Vallouise Biathlon / Trail running to several cols / Bolted lead climbing
August - Wild camp Brecon Beacons and night navigation
August - Llangattock plateau navigation practice

Forthcoming:
September - RAB Mountain Marathon 

Kilian’s Quest S3 E06 - How I prepare an Ultra (by SalomonTrailRunning)

“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.” ― Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

Glenmore Lodge - How to trad climb (by glenmorelodge)

Welsh 1000s. Slate finishers medal.

Welsh 1000s. Slate finishers medal.

Route planning for Welsh 1000s 2013

Route planning for Welsh 1000s 2013