Gift Your Gear acts of generosity
One of the many joys of being involved with Gift Your Gear is seeing the lovely messages we get from the outdoor community.
I would like to share a few
We recently received this message from Dawn
I have quite a collection of extremely good quality tents and technical walking equipment as well as good clothing. Too much to list here but I would like to find it a new home with those who are venturing out on expeditions where this kit is truly needed. Please would you give me a call to see what might be possible.
I called Dawn, thanked her and asked her to talk little more about the kit.
I learnt it belonged to her late partner. As I listened, I thought this is a story we would love to share
I asked Dawn to send us a little note
We ware sharing this with the Gift Your Gear community because Dawn’s actions encompasses so much of the spirit of Gift Your Gear
A little note on Andrew.
Once an adventure scout himself, his life and career soon moved him away from outdoor life into an office and backwards and forwards between America and the UK. However the memory and joy of being outdoors, climbing, walking, in all weathers, never left him.
After a crisis in his life, the mountains and freedom of being in the wild is where he returned to create a new career, training to become a mountain leader.
He died suddenly towards the end of his training, an unrelated incident, leaving a store of equipment built up through that time, some gifted to him which he sadly had yet to use, though was hatching many plans to make the most of it.
To pass on the equipment to those who will use it to also discover the joy of these environments, to create and take those memories with them, is a legacy I know he would be thrilled at. It will come as no surprise that his favourite places were the Lake District and the Cairngorms, the kit list also evidencing his love of the winter environment in those terrains.
I have been thinking of any advice he would give or stories I could add. A small but silly one that comes to mind… don’t try and take a selfie in a snow hole – the lens will only mist up and return a fogged up picture of you with a silly grin.
The kit list is below (in no particular order):
Climbing and snow equipment:
Mountain Technology/Vertige Alpinist Ice Axe and spare bladeOrtovox ice saw, handle, snow shovel – all interchangeable – a gift sadly unused
Ortovox Pro Carbon 240 snow probe – a gift sadly unused
Petzl Universal adjustable climbing harness size 1 (plus other carabina’s and rope)
Petzl climbing helmet
Macpac, mens, lightweight day rucksack 20 or 25L (?)
Macpac trecking rucksack – size 2, 50L?
Macpac trecking rucksack – size 2, 70L?
Lifeventure rucksack waterproof cover (would cover the largest rucksack above with zip to secure)
Mountain Equipment rucksack, solitude 45L
Ortleib waterproof dry sacks x 3 in 2 sizes (2x15L? and 1x30L?)
Hilliberg Tarra + Footprint (+ a pack of Hilliberg line runners for 3mm line) – barely if at all used
Hilliberg Akto + Footprint (+ a pack of Hilliberg line runners for 2mm line) – barely if at all used
Tera Nova Flo2 bivy tent – used
Tera Nova Superlite Solar 2.2 (pegs are mixed) – used
Packs of tent pegs unused – ones for rocky terrain and the others just super size! (snow?)
1 bivy bag
Paramo mens smock jacket (S) – suitable for winter
Rab Primaloft mens smock jacket (L)
Rab Winter Down mens smock jacket (M)
Rab Waterproof mens jacket (M)
Rab Waterproof Trousers (M)
Ortovox – womens salopettes (M)
2 pairs of sunglasses
Please join us is in expressing a very big thank you to Dawn and celebrate Andrews memory.
Thank you Dawn