Early British explorers favored Alan Paine wool knitwear for keeping warm in high altitude mountaineering. Famed mountaineer George Mallory when finally found frozen high on Everest some 75 years after perishing, was found wearing Paine knitwear from the 1920s. To honor those early explorers, Alan Paine has created the British Explorer Collection. From that collection, the Tutbury Shirt is made from boiled and felted lambswool spun at the famous Z. Hinchliffe & Sons factory in England. Boiled wool dates back to the Middle Ages and the process shrinks down the raw wool by up to 50% and in the process, locks tightly all of the wool fibers creating a wool much more impervious to wind and water. This shirt is wonderfully soft to the hand, has dual button flapped chest pockets, and a button up front.
George Mallory took part in the first ever three British explorations of Everest. In 1924, he and his climbing partner were last seen just 800 vertical feet from Everest's summit but they never returned to camp. Much debate has raged on whether Mallory reached the summit and perished on the way down. His frozen body was finally found on the mountain in 1999. Evidence does suggest he very well may have been the first person to summit Everest some almost 30 years before Hillary. Mallory's frozen body still lays on Everest where he fell in 1924 and is documented to be wearing Paine knitwear.
- 100% boiled lambswool
- Spun at Z. Hinchliffe & Sons in the UK
- Dual flapped chest pockets
- Button front closure
- Regular fit
- No. 050L20 Metalic