Withering awayEverest is no vacation, Jess Roskelley said. Even the food was an endurance test. “I’m a little tired of curry and rice, and I need some real meat,” said Jess as he launched into passionate descriptions that left his climbing talk pale. “You buy yak meat, one big dried leg and rib,” he said. “They leave it outside with flies all over and it becomes like a big piece of hard jerky. You could throw it and kill people. They saw off pieces for dinner. “And I’ll tell you what, I could eat Spam all day long, but they had some generic canned meat and it was nasty.” Jess lost 15 pounds off his 170-pound frame. “I’m a little guy now,” he said. “I was running and lifting hard before I left and all the muscle I’d built up is gone. “My arms look alien. My legs are tiny and my pants don’t fit. It’s ridiculous.”
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