Valerio Massimo Everest Expedition 2009

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

At Camp 2

April 30th, 2009 by Valerio

This is dictated from Camp 2 at 6400 Meters.

We came up through the Icefall during the night as planned. Three of us made it to Camp 1 at 6100 Meters by the 7am deadline, but in the end 5 of the 14 in Team 1 made it to Camp 2 at 6400 Meters, arriving mid-morning. Camp 2 is pitched directly beneath the SW Face of Everest which looms large above us, an amazing place.  The rest of the team arrived this morning from Camp 1 and the plan is to rest today and tomorrow and to move to Camp 3 at 7400 Meters, where we will spend a night.

The route from Camp 1 to Camp 2 was over the undulating Western Cwm, known as Heartbreak Hill, which it certainly was as the time we reached the end it was in the full glare of 90 degree F sun.

Will send another Update when more is known.  I must also turn my Bluetooth GPS link on to aid tracking on the website.

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  • If this is being read by someone else whilst Valerio is at the dizzying heights of Camp 2, please send him all our love from East London! Darling, thinking of you and following your every move. Good luck with the acclimatisation and make sure you stay securely fastened to that mountain – Bliss is arriving soon and she’ll be expecting some Valerio action….!! (Ed.- No she won’t – Shiva (or someone) disapproves) Loads of love, Nick and B

  • Awesome. Can’t wait to see the photos. Stay safe and long live the beard! Antonia xxx

  • Really well done Valerio. I think this was where Hunt set up the Advanced Base Camp in 1953? Good luck with the Lhotse Face. Cheers, Tim

  • Valerio – hope all is well. So far so good, very impressive accomplishment and an achievement most of us would only dream of. Keep well and safe and good luck for the final push!

  • valerio ! flora is sitting on my sofa and after not seeing each other for 6 months, all we can talk about is you ! how great is that ?!?!? she tells me you’re being filmed by discovery. i’ve been watching that everest show religiously. can not wait to see you looking like a ginger father christmas in 2010 ! keep the beard … and no clipping … ! keep safe and much love … flora & semjon

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    сэнкс за инфу!…

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    tnx for info!!…