"Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain... Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall - it's great when you stop."

Chris Darwin

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While trying to find replacement for my worn out softshell (Arc'teryx Gamma MX HoodyArc'teryxGamma MX Hoodyhttp://images.arcteryx.com/F13/450x500/Gamma-MX-Hoody-Buckeye.pngThis wind-resistant, breathable hoody is perfect for alpine specialists looking for enhanced mobility. A tough, highly wind-resistant outer face sheds moisture and a light fleece backer adds warmth while wicking away moisture.) I found out, that many of the best looking design are only available either as black or some other very dark color such as navy blue. This might be stylish choice for everyday use, but we are talking about garments targeted squarely for alpine climbing. On the mountains color choice like that is a joke.

Bright colour that stands out against rock and ice works better (far easier to spot out partner) and is safer (easier to see if there's a party above you or to spot from helicopter should the shit have hit the fan). Oh, and they look better in pictures as well.

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