Antarctica, here I come!

Antarctica, here I come!

Antarctica, here I come!

In 6 hours from now on, I’ll arrive in Antarctica. Ice, snow, mountains….I’m so excited! I admit that I had some troubles arriving to Punta Arenas: the bad weather in Paris babelized the flight of airplanes and the order of luggage, so we were obliged to take once againg the tickets from Chile. We did 4 days on the road.

I’ve started to get accostomed to people nearby, with my teammates for Mt. Vinson, but yesterday, after the meeting and the techinical session at ALE, I was confused: there were alpinists I used to read about, with impressive records and a life full of adventures. People that will make expeditions in Vinson and South Pole. Mario and I were the only people for Sidley’s expedition.

But let me tell you more about my team for Mt. Vinson. It is made up of: Alex Abramov, Mario Trimeri, Maxim Bogatyrev and I.

Max is from Russia, from a town in Caucaz. He has 35 years old and he’s about to finish 7 Summits. He’s the Master of Sport, for 7 years officer in Russian rescue and a guide to the most important five Russian mountains. He’s a jovial guy. I’m guessing he has a little sister because he’s always taking care of me and he wonders, every time we speak about expeditions, how the hell had I the time to climb so many mountains.

Mario is from Italy, Aosta, so he has Matehorn and Mont Blanc near his house. He had already finished the 7 Summits and he climbed Vinson twice. Now he came for Sidley, but he wants to climb one more time Mt. Vinson. He’s a photographer, but also a writer, he’s cool and quiet, tall and about my father’s age.
Now, while we are waiting to leave for the airport and they are taking pictures with that Santa that is wearing altitude boots (Max put them), I’m writing and I’m thinking about how it will be there. Mario comes, from time to time, and encourages me. I don’t have doubts but an extra encouragement is good.

Oh, the bus arrived. In 6 hours from now on, if the weather is fine and if we can fly, I’ll be in Antarctica. I’ll see for myself if it’s true what Mario said 2 years ago when he came back from Antarctica. Until now it was exactly like he said: I met some wonderful persons – the best altitude alpinists. The cool thing is that they’ve heard about me and they don’t know how to react near me. Sometimes they see me like a child, but other times they see me like their equal, like an alpinist just like them. That is the moment I feel that they are my true comrades.

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