At 11:00 AM 2/20/04 +0000, you wrote:
>The 'wettest village' would have been WasteWater.
>York is possibly wetter - last winter, temp didn't get above 40F,
>humidity over 98% for a fortnight - everything soaked.
>Buffalo pile is a combination of a pertex outer with a pile lining -
>the pile is a like a directional fleece. It isn't waterproof, but
>remains warming even if soaked. Buffalo make clothing and bags - I
>have a supersummerweight bag, which I use in summer and winter -
>combining it with clothes in winter - down to about 20F.
>The expedition weight bags are much favoured for extreme latitude sea-
>based expeditions, because you could be utterly soaking wet, be put
>in a buffalo bag, and immediately start warmingup and drying out.
>The penalty is that they are heavy, and *very* bulky.
>BTW, June is 'dry' season in the lake district.
>Few people wild camp in the UK. In national parks, you are allowed
>to overnight camp above 1000ft altitude, almost anywhere. Few people
>do, as it is usually only a mile or 2 extra to a nice cosy pub.