Most items of clothing are made of cotton. This is great if you want something casual with a great looking logo on the front but when you start doing exercise you realise that cotton is not your friend. Why is this? Cotton holds water, this means that it will soak up your sweat and hold it against your skin. This means your body cannot cool down as effectively as your body gets confused by excess moisture on the skin, but also it makes your skin clammy, making it easier to rub against your rucksack or boots. This means that cotton should really be avoided across all expedition clothing.
We are pleased to announce that FOTA founder and long term advocate Peter Wright is taking on another personal challenge to raise money for FOTA. If you would like to read more about this then head here.
We wish Peter well in his training and the challenge itself in June!
The two main items of kit to get right are boots and rucksacks. Why is this? Because if these are uncomfortable then you’re going to know about it every step of your expedition, as will everyone else in your group! Rucksacks take some time to fit correctly, but when they do the weight is often taken off your shoulders.