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  The Dutch UIAGM mountain-guide Edward Bekker returns to Everest after 20 years.


In 1984 Edward was 22 years old and participated in the "Dutch Mount Everest Expedition 1984". On his way to the summit, together with Bart Vos and Mariska Mourik, he had to turn back at 8100 meters, due to his malfunctioning oxygen set. Exactly 20 years later he left Kathmandu for Tibet on April 4th to climb Mount Everest via the North col with an international team. The leader of the team is Russell Brice from New Zealand. Russell has organized 14 expeditions to Everest and he summitted twice via the Northcol himself.

The guides are Edward Bekker from Holland, Richard Mansfield from England, Bill Crouse from the USA, Dean Staples and Mark Whetu from New Zealand

The members of the team are from England, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Austria and from Holland (Kiek Stam, who climbed all over the world together with Edward).

From Kathmandu to Lhasa goes by plane. From Lhase to basecamp (5200 meter) goes by 4wd car, via Shigatse en Tingri with stops for acclimatisation. The plan is to arrive in Basecamp on April 10th. On April 17th Advanced Base Camp (ABC) will be established. There will be 4 high camps above ABC .The team will use additional oxygen. The summit attempt is from camp 4 on 8300 meter. The team plans to climb the mountain until the end of May. Early June they will abandon basecamp.

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