As some of you may know, a young pine marten joined our family five weeks ago. In the meantime, the wildfowling season started, the past week’s rain means that I desperately need to go mushroom hunting, and YPM caught his first cold (whoopee). Now realistically, YPM is still too little to be going out into cold, rain-soaked woods, but one of these days, it will be time to take him on adventures. I’m likely to face some opposition on this based on justified concerns for YPM’s welfare. However since we were babies, Gore-Tex has happened, and it should now be perfectly possible to carry a baby through some pretty unpleasant weather with minimal discomfort. I’m sure that on the SD, there will be many fathers and mothers who have experience of this, and I’d appreciate it if you could share your wisdom with regards to clothing, backpacks/baby carriers (The MacPac ones from New Zealand look like a winning option), the age/size at which you started venturing out, duration of said outings, and anything else you think may help.