Re: Climbing Everest
Yes, I was booked to do Cho Oyu till the Chinese scuppered that plan,,,,and I'd already booked 2 months' leave. Then I was offered Everest from Nepal - together with a few others who had to switch from Tibet, and as I'd always intended to try Everest if I succeeded on Cho Oyu, it was a no-brainer. The only thing was I'd never gone above 7500m, but hey, what's a thousand or so metres between friends? And it turned out none of the others in the team had done any 8000er either, so I wasn't the odd one out.
I met Mr Cool with Sir Ran first in Dingboche during the trek in, then occasionally passed them in the Icefall: cool guys both, if you get my drift. Ran is a really nice bloke, completely unpretentious despite his fame (how many baronets are like that?) and he corrected me when I asked him how many people in his team were going to climb Everest - ''You mean, attempting to climb Everest' ''.
By the way LostMe, the Jagged Globe team was there in force - most of them were Irish, with one lone Scottish lady. We swapped DVDs with them at Base Camp (yes, we staved off the long boring hours in BC by watching DVDs).