A little background:
I was at the time attending grammar school in London, England. One of my neighbours (Dr Noel Dilly) had suggested a summer climbing trip to the Alps, which I was definitely in favour of. A few months before the trip to the Alps, Noel was invited onto the University of London Graduate Mountaineering Club East Greenland Expedition, and somehow persuaded the rest of the expedition members to take along an inexperienced 16 year old. At the last moment, Noel ditched the Greenland trip in favour of a trip to the Himalayas (doctor's always find it easy to get on climbing expeditions, I guess) but by then the Greenland guys were stuck with me!
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