Lots of excellent coverage inside of what was without doubt a monumental achievement by Hillary and Tenzing – up there with the moon landing for me – and executed with exquisite timing to mark the coming to the throne of Elizabeth II, our monarch.
So, what’s all this not what it used to be malarkey? The mountain hasn’t got any smaller and as far as I know it’s not yet been linked to the ‘Trois Vallees’. Earlier today I read an interview with Ueli Steck. If you don’t know Ueli he is in my humble opinion probably the best mountaineer the planet has ever seen. In 2008 he climbed the north face of the Eiger in 2 hours 47 mins. A truly incredible thing but even more so when you discover that he did it solo – no partner, no one to hold a rope.
The interview with Ueli I read today is shocking – yes it’s one side of a story but shocking nonetheless. I won’t bleat on, you can read it here and make your own judgement. Meanwhile I’m sticking to Corsica col bagging -there's 150 of them - until I’m no longer able to propel me and my bike uphill. I might consider a BMW RS 1200 when that time comes as they appear to be the weapon of choice with the many motorcyclists presently enjoying the open roads here.