Valerio Massimo Everest Expedition 2009

Me on the summit of Cho Oyu with Everest in the background

The last week

March 25th, 2009 by Alix

We spent Sunday in Pegler’s expedition shop in Arundel, after attending a magical wedding there the day before. The contrast between where we were (sunny, charming English seaside town) and where we were going (high..cold.. you know) couldn’t have been greater as we shed our party clothes and tried on vital accessories like boots, gloves, and in my case  a ‘lady monkey jacket’ by Mountain Hardwear which makes me look like a teddy bear. I spent the rest of the day wandering round adorable Arundel in this high altitude jacket, bumping into at least two people still in black tie, on an unrealistically sunny day in March. I imagine I’ll be wearing  it pretty much every day over the next few weeks in my tent.

Monday was the day Valerio needed to get the bulk of his equipment shipped out to Nepal, and it was pretty nervewracking watching all the carefully collected gear being picked up by a burly man called Zav and thrown into the back of a white van. Hopefully, it will reach Kathmandu on Friday and clear customs (ice axe included!) by the time Valerio arrives on Sunday morning. 

Forty kilos of vital climbing equipment, ropes and harnesses- and, of course, about 10 kilos of tortellini, cream, parma ham and parmesan… no Italian would be caught out at any altitude without some pasta.

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