‘Tis the season for warm fall clothing (well, it is in New England, anyway). And as I peruse websites and catalogs for autumn attire for la familia, I’m noticing many clothing manufacturers are making great hay out of their sherpa-lined hoodies/jackets/whatevers.
So I thought I remembered something from reading Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air about climbing Mt. Everest: A Sherpa is a person. Merriam-Webster confirms: A Sherpa is “a member of a Tibetan people living on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas in eastern Nepal and known for providing support for foreign trekkers and mountain climbers.” So, a jacket lined with Sherpa? Ew.
And then, for every manufacturer that offers Sherpa-lined jackets, there’s another that offers a Sherpa-fleece lined jacket. This sounded right to me, at first, something along the lines of “the kind of fleece a Sherpa might desire while climbing Mt. Everest, if Sherpas wore fleece” or “A Sherpa would approve of this for you, if you were climbing Mt. Everest.” But I realized I was reading into it, and the more I think about it, it’s just not any better. After all, what is Sherpa fleece? The fleece of a Sherpa? Ew.
So I’m continuing my search for a nice warm jacket for fall. Please leave the Sherpas out of it.