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Excerpt: Poles Apart Authors Share the Funny Questions They Get Asked About Climbing Everest

Poles Apart“So, is it cold up there?” ranks as one of Sean Disney’s favourite ridiculous questions that he and Vaughan De La Harpe get asked at dinner parties when fellow guests find out that they are going to be climbing Everest.

In this excerpt from Disney and De La Harpe’s book, Poles Apart written with David Bristow, they share some of the questions they get asked and talk about descending the Khumbu Icefall, which De La Harpe feels is the “most dangerous, foreboding, menacing place on the planet”.

So, is it cold up there?

VAUGHAN: Dinner parties. You’ve just got to love the questions they ask you at dinner parties when they hear you’re planning on climbing Everest.

Like: Oh, it’s very nice to talk to you while you’re still alive. (My pleasure.)

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