Grenfell for the Mountaineer
1938... 1952.... Then, as now, it was exactly the same cloth.
The original Grenfell Cloth is still used for many Grenfell garments including
those sold to the general public.
Everest, Nanda Devi, Dhaula 4 . . . wherever mountains issued their challenge Grenfell has helped men to meet it.
In 1933, a Grenfell tent formed the highest habitation ever made by man on this planet. F.S Smythe slept in it for 13 hours-and awoke refreshed, although scientists had predicted that any man sleeping at that altitude would never waken. It was pitched at 27,000 feet, in a blizzard that drove Smythe to his knees ... a wind that forced microscopic snow crystals through other tents pitched 500 feet below-but not through the Grenfell cloth.
The cloth that made the tent also made the expedition's clothing. Grenfell cloth again went to Everest in 1936,
Grenfell cloth has been worn on many of the leading mountain and arctic expeditions since the early 1930's.
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In High Places