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Sean Disney and Vaughan de la Harpe on Being Mountaineers: “Your Physiological Condition Needs to be Right”

Poles ApartSean Disney and Vaughan de la Harpe, the adventurers who wrote Poles Apart with David Bristow, were interviewed by Nancy Richards for Country Life magazine.

In this inteview, Richards asked Disney and De la Harpe about what it takes to be a mountaineer. They told her about the mindset that enables them to succeed and some of the more peculiar equipment they require when they climb mountains.

They have some great stories to tell, and are planning even more adventures. “First your physiological condition needs to be right – some people cope with altitude better than others – then you have to have the mental strength,” said De la Harpe.

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It all began in a crowded bar, as only male bonding can, when journalist David Bristow had a chance encounter with a couple of strong-looking lads from Joburg. But, as Bristow discovered, Vaughan de la Harpe, ‘the Somewhat More Dapper One’ and Sean Disney ‘The Taller One’ turned out not be a pair of lycra-clad chancers in the Cape about to try their luck at the Argus Cycle Tour, but two eminent mountaineers, members of the elite global Explorers Grand Slam rock-climbing club of people who have conquered all Seven Summits – the world’s highest – with both North and South Poles thrown in.

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