Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Equipment matters

Those of you who are familiar with the great outdoors will also probably be familiar with the vast array of equipment and clothing on offer to assist us in our pursuits. Good grief! I have spent more time weighing the merits of different layering systems than I care to face. I've opted for the Rab look, combining VapourRise layers with eVent outers and a lovely Extreme down jacket (assuming I can get it back off Dawn). Could have gone buffalo, but didn't. You'll soon find out how successful my choices have been.

Picture in full garb to follow...



  1. Hey Phil, I try my best to keep tabs on all Xinjiang-related blogs and I just ran across yours. Coming to study snow leopards? I didn't even know we had any here!

    Anyway, I'd love to hear where you'll be going and how long you'll be around Xinjiang. You can check out my own Xinjiang blog and contact me through that.

    As for your clothing, good luck in getting it all...it's cold out here, and I'm not even in the mountains! Best of luck!

  2. Thanks Josh!

    All indications suggest snow leopards are holding on. This field trip will hopefully give us a bit more certainty.

    We'll be surveying in Taxkurgan Nature Reserve, bobbing through Urumqi and Kashi over the next week or so.