Not ev­ery­one can claim to be called Ôthe best guide in the worldõ by Sir Ran­ulph Fi­ennes, but itõs all in a dayõs work for moun­taineer Ken­ton, who led the ex­plorer up the North Face of the Eiger, oth­er­wise known as Ôthe death wallõ, in 2007, rais­ing £2 mi

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

Although most of my moun­taineer­ing col­leagues wear some kind of all-singing, all-danc­ing al­time­ter watch, I pre­fer some­thing a lit­tle more clas­sic. I love my

Bre­mont Su­per­ma­rine—it’s

one of the com­pany’s sig­na­ture watches, which I have now worn to the sum­mit of Ever­est three times. It’s ex­tremely re­li­able and ele­gant, but, above all, rugged enough for any­thing any­one could pos­si­bly want to put it through. £3,295 (0845 094 0690; www.bre­mont.com) For me, dress­ing smartly means pay­ing as much at­ten­tion to my footwear as to ev­ery­thing else, which also stands true in the moun­tains. My cur­rent favourites are my blue Good footwear is some­thing so of­ten over­looked—qual­ity will not only last you many years, but is far bet­ter for your feet and over­all pos­ture. I’m cur­rently trav­el­ling a lot over­seas and these shoes are al­ways in my bag and are fit for any oc­ca­sion— well, per­haps not at 26,000ft on Ever­est. £135 (020–3689 2970; www.gren­son.com)

Fish and chips

are a weak­ness of mine—those long Hi­malayan nights are of­ten spent dream­ing of sit­ting on a sea front, eat­ing them out of news­pa­per. How­ever, great fish and chips are hard to find and, more of­ten than not, dis­ap­point. Re­cently, how­ever, I came across some of the best at Rock­fish in Brix­ham, Devon. We were there as a fam­ily and the ser­vice was fab­u­lous, the lo­ca­tion fan­tas­tic and the food de­li­cious. (01803 850872; www.the­rock­fish.co.uk)

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