Getting the fortunate individual into place to carry the burden of the big fellah has always beeen a problem. Many a man has cried under the weight and strain of the effort, so we decided that it was about time to make the job more bearable, by fitting a comfortable harness. The old one was just about worn out, but finding a suitable, improved version was a difficult time to say the least.
Bolster crew member Piers Owen came up with the solution, in the form of a mountaineering backpack, after he had spent a week trucking around the heights of Mont Blanc with the world on his back. A good idea we thought, but how to afford such a luxury item was another matter.
Give them a call we thought and see if they might have an old frame lying around that we might be able to use. And they did; but not just any old frame. They let us have the latest model free of charge, which we then savagely butchered, and fitted into Bolster’s frame.
The theory is that just about any of the Bolster crew could carry him now. We’ll wait and see.
A MASSIVE THANKS TO PHIL MANN AT LOWE ALPINE FOR HIS HELP