Rooijen (36) summited Everest without the use of bottled oxygen in Spring of
2004. He was accompanied by Dawa Sherpa (also without oxygen) and 4 members of
other expeditions. The weather was very bad. Certainly no change for a safe
flight down. He called us after returning past the second step. It was very
cold and windy and a lot of clouds. He waited that long to find a sheltered
place to make a safe phone call. They both are on their way to camp 3. This is
his picture show below....
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Update One: 1st
dispatch from Wilco: Preparations on full speed, close to departure.
Update Two: 2nd dispatch from Wilco: Two days before departure. We will say
goodbye to everybody in Holland on Thursday March 25th.
We fly from Amsterdam
to Kathmandu via London and Abu Dhabi.
"After some minor delays, we had our first patch of bad luck upon arrival in
Kathmandu. Our trekking agent in Kathmandu (Suraya) has been imprisoned.
4/1/2004: March 30th was again an important day for us and our Sherpa’s. We
had the blessing ceremony (Pudja) in a monastery near Bodnath, the largest
Buddhist temple (Stupa) in the world. We were again surprised how impressive
the ceremony is.
Update Five: We
arrived healthy in Nyalam.
Update Six: We
arrived in basecamp with views on Everest. An early wake up to leave on time.
We agreed to leave at 7 AM but half an hour later still nothing happens.
Chinese time has probably a different meaning than Dutch time.
Moving up to high
camp on the North side
Tomorrow Rex will
celebrate his birthday with a new personal height record.
Meteorologist at work
at the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute. Every day they send the latest
weather information to the members of the Dutch Mt. Everest expedition.
Dutch attempt to
summit Mt Everest
The Dutch assault is
on Mt Everest
Dutch climbers Summit
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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