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So far so good….

June 24, 2014

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Our first full day on the hill.

So yesterday was a huge thrill for both of us, we arrived at Rainier base camp to pick up our gear and from across the car park comes a familiar voice….”Hey you guys must be the Aussies!”…and there he was the man himself Ed Viesturs, so cool that he knew right away who we were which made our first meting just so easy and comfortable, then came Peter Whittaker bounding over with a huge smile and greeting.

Both Ed & Pete have been exactly what we were hoping for and exceeded all expectations so far, both very personable and always with a story to tell and happy to answer any question we throw at them.

We hit the Mountain with them this morning to start our mountaineering training, they took us through everything we need to know spending a full day on the snow and ice practicing our ice axe rescue drills, how to use our crampons and training on pressure breathing and rest step climbing….a huge amount to take in but we feel we’re on top of it and ready for the start of the climb in the morning.

We hardly slept a wink last night and probably even less tonight, we defiantly have a huge challenge ahead and the guys certainly have not sugar-coated anything for us which to be honest is pretty terrifying……we’re nervous but ready!

We won’t be able to send any updates until our return so we look forward to sending you all good news in a few days…..

Cheers from Mike & Dave

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Turtle permalink
    June 24, 2014 4:53 am

    Great stuff guys enjoy and have fun Keep safe.. Turtle

  2. Jan permalink
    June 24, 2014 5:51 am

    Maybe it was the big yellow muscle car that gave it away ha ha!! – go enjoy your climb.

  3. ol ma louise wert permalink
    June 24, 2014 6:09 am

    woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lookin good in all ya gear mateys x ya family jewels are strapped in ok ha ha ha luvya boy ohs ol ma wert toodles ZZXXOO %^&*()(*&^%^&*((*&^%

  4. Kirsten. permalink
    June 24, 2014 12:31 pm

    Good luck guys. Will be thinking of you over the next couple of days. Keep safe xx

  5. Jim Newton permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:18 am

    Thanks for all the posts I know you can do it. Mike you are the most interesting man I know.

  6. June 25, 2014 9:58 pm

    All that snow and where is you snowboard!? haha 😀 Heard you made it to the summit! Congratulations!!!

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