It’s become standard practice for people travelling in Central Asia or the Indian subcontinent to take a photograph from above of a mosaic of colourful spices at some market.
As that’s now a cliché, I’m not going to do that. Instead, here’s my alternative mosaic of an array of fleeces, buffs and hats made by an outdoor clothing manufacturer from Yorkshire called Chocolate Fish. As you can see, I’m a bit of a fan of their fleeces, which are made from 100% New Zealand merino wool.
I was so pleased with their Taranaki 190 base layer, which I wore for 6 days without taking off on my Manaslu summit push last autumn, I made sure I stocked up on a few more of their tops prior to leaving for Everest tomorrow. It was way more comfortable than an Icebreaker, and I’ll be pretty much wearing exclusively their tops while I’m on the mountain. They’re a bit more expensive, but the added comfort is well worth a few extra pennies.
Those of you disappointed about the spices will notice the fleeces are laid out on a genuine Moroccan carpet to provide an exotic flavour to the photo.
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