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Mallory in the nick. Pic courtesy Good Pics Gallery

How long will it be before Justin Bieber becomes the iconic face of Bear Grylls’ survival gear range? Has the world gone to pot? Yes! Am I being an old codger, toe holding onto tradition? No — I love technology.

Looking back a single generation — bound in cotton, wax, leather and wool, Andy Irvine and George Leigh Mallory self-hauled iron hefty oxygen systems — akin to contemporary freak shows and alien movies. It was only 1922. Men would sit and dream of conquering Everest. It’s like us dreaming of travelling to Mars which is highly likely in our lifetime…

Sean Wisedale

First from Africa to climb the highest mountain on every continent - 7 Summits.

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