Pretty much spent all day inside as it was a British Canoeing coaching update, some pretty useful stuff covered. Came home to start to sort some kit out for future trips and got my sleeping bag out. Not a very inspiring photograph I know but I bought this Mountain Equipment Snowline sleeping bag in the spring of 1976. That summer I was off climbing in the Lyngen Alps, in Arctic Norway, for two months and needed something to keep me warm.
I think at the time it cost the equivalent of 5 weeks of my student grant money. Since then I reckon that I have spent nearly six weeks a year in the bag. It has been to Greenland 5 times, Alaska, another month in Arctic Norway and countless trips elsewhere.
I cannot think of any other item of equipment which I regularly use, which comes anywhere near the age of this sleeping bag. Good kit isn’t cheap but after 39 years of regular use I have certainly had value for money.