But we all know Marat can;t cook - he may even set fire to the tent..he is MUCH safer making the ascent..and the 'real' pros think he can do it - so who are we to suggest that he can't?
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Russia's Marat Safin will bid to scale the world's sixth highest mountain, giving the former world number one a fresh challenge which looks set to rule him out of this month's Davis Cup semi-final against Germany.
Safin is part of an eight-member Russian expedition which is due to leave Nepal on Friday to climb Cho Oyu, the 8,201-metre (26,906 ft) mountain on the Nepal-Tibet border, a Nepalese hiking official
"This is an interesting climb but he has (had) very good physical exercise," Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said on Thursday.
"He is young and energetic although the climb is challenging. I'm hopeful he will succeed," said the official, who also heads Asian Trekking, the agency providing logistic support to the expedition.