It’s been many weeks since I posted the last update on my blog. The last month has been absolutely hectic for me with lots of preparation to do and customers throwing tons of work on me just in case I don’t come back safe from this expedition
On the personal side of the things the last two months have been very intensive and now I’m sitting in a cozy hotel in Thamel district, Kathmandu, waiting for the Chinese authorities to open the border to Tibet for few teams climbing Everest from the North side. With all the crazy politics going on around the world these days, it looks like quite challenging getting a Visa and crossing the border after all inspections a paperwork that has to be done the day that we have been asked to go through. We where initially scheduled to cross the border on the 6th and now we are supposed to do it on the 10th very early in the morning.
On the bright side of the things, we know this year there will be very few Teams climbing the North side probably less than any other recent year. This will make the climbing easier and very special for us. And we’ll be sharing the space where we have our Base Camp with Ueli Steck and Simone Moro, the fastest climbers on earth! They are trying “something special” from the North Side, probably opening a new route or climbing one of the standard without oxygen and super fast alpine style. Glab Sokolov and Alexander Kirikov will attempt the East Face from Tibet in same style.
Waiting for so many days here was kind of frustrating, but now I have to say it’s been a fantastic opportunity to relax, buying extra gear, setting up all pending logistics, and meeting our climbing partners and leaders a bit more before we start the real thing
Tonight I’ll take some time to write the expedition dispatches starting from the day I left Dubai, and my intention this year again is to send one per day, even if I have to send some deferred after coming back from high camps.
For now I want to share this cool video of us where we look nice and fresh. Lets see how we look after 60 days climbing the Mighty E.
I’M AN ALTITUDE JUNKIE AND I’M READY TO CLIMB EVEREST!