Hi all, I am a newbie here, but an experienced trekker, a fair amount of it at >4,000M. I am planing another extended trek in a remote, high altitude desert. I am trying to pack fairly light, but maintain the ability to deal with almost all climate conditions. I feel I need a hardshell, though mostly I am going to be using a quality softshell and I have a serious belay jacket for rest stops. BTW, we are talking northern hemisphere, july-september in a temperate zone. There is not likely to be much rain, but the wind will be quite strong and snow is always a possibility, especially on high passes (5,000M+).
I have heard that a desert climate (low moisture) means that breath-ability has its downside, that you have can have too much of a good thing. So with that in mind, I thought I'd ask if anyone felt that certain fabrics are more or less appropriate to this environment (e.g., my understanding is that eVent is probably too breathable). Let me know what you think!