'You didn't even have a tent? And you walked barefoot.'
'Ha ha! No. But we didn't have all this high-tech kit. It took weeks of blisters to break in a pair of walking boots. We used to douse our feet in white spirit to toughen them up.'
'Not drink it?'
'Ho ho. But seriously, my rucksack weighed a ton before I even put anything in it. And there just weren't tiny super-warm lightweight sleeping bags and our waterproof gear wasn't breathable so, at the end of a day's hiking in the rain, we'd be all soggy and cold.'
He just nodded, blithely unaware of just how much has changed in the last forty years.
'Now turn off your phone, okay?' I said. 'So you don't run out of battery.'
I mean...mobile phones, for pity's sake! Sat nav! We had to rely solely on map and compass and orienteering skill.
|I could never figure out pulleys, sheer legs and so on...that was Jennie's job.|