Donations to the Mountain Heritage Trust – August 2018

Many thanks to all those who donated equipment and books to the Mountain Heritage Trust. Linda previously posted on Facebook that we had delivered a substantial amount of material to MHT at their offices below Blencathra.
Items included: 6 ice axes and 2 ice hammers
6 pairs of mountaineering and touring skis
5 helmets
11 pairs of mountaineering and ski mountaineering boots
2 climbing harnesses and various items of equipment including peg hammer and pegs, nuts, slings, krabs and
belay plates
5 boxes of climbing guides
2 boxes of magazines.

More can be found about the MHT and its work at:
They currently have two exhibitions at Keswick Museum. The first is about Chris Bonington and the second about Women and Climbing.
They are particularly interested in receiving donations of climbing/mountaineering clothing (especially Ventile), old First Aid boxes and skin care products such as glacier cream. A fuller list follows. David

Early/ Pre 1960:

  • Wool walking/ climbing breeches
  • Knee length knitted wool socks and short socks
  • Wool flannel shirt, cotton shirt
  • Wool jacket (eg: Norfolk or ex-military)
  • Wool knitted jumper
  • Cotton/ wool/ silk underwear – long johns, vest etc
  • Nailed boots (probably from earlier time)
  • Cotton windproof jacket /smock (eg: Ventile)
  • Canvas Gaiters
  • Hawser laid rope, hemp or nylon
  • Canvas knapsack – external or no frame
  • Dachstein wool mitts


  • Nylon walking breeches or trousers
  • Loop stitch socks
  • Early Helly Hansen or similar ‘fur’ fleece jumper
  • Early HH thermal top
  • Plastic winter boots
  • Nylon gaiters
  • Wool balaclava
  • HH fleece/nylon mitts
  • Early waterproof nylon jacket and trousers
  • Large rucksack with rectangular external frame

Other items

  • Down high altitude suit
  • Examples of old camping stoves (eg: Primus, old gas stove, solid block stove, tilly lamp)
  • Windshield and billy cans, metal waterbottle, enamel cup
  • An old canvas mountain tent
  • Old Climbing helmet

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