As we say in Holland: He
must have had an angel on his shoulder !
Wilco van Rooijen and Rex
stayed in camp 3 (7900meters) for one night. The day before Ron Doorakkers
return to ABC. While descending from camp 2 towards northcol he slipped and
started falling down the steep slope. He picked up speed tried to grab the
fixed rope which was lifted by an unknown climber. He then again picked up
speed and tried to slow his descend with his crampons and walking stick. At
the very last moment ( 5 meters before a final drop into a ravine) he managed
to stop against some pieces of rock. Czech climbers helped him and assisted
him in his descend to ABC. He is safely back in ABC with a sprained ankle,
some bruises and his climbing overall has some 50 holes. Wilco and Rex still
not knowing that Ron had an accident descended on Saturday to ABC. All camps
are ready and they are waiting for a good weather window for their summit bid.
All three are now safe in ABC
and are recovering from the accident and the happy ending !
Video on Ron walking back up...
(note these are large
Pictures copyright the Dutch Mt Everest expedition
Wilco van Rooijen announced last week he will attempt Mt Everest from the
North side in spring 2004 without oxygen. He will go with Rex Snelders
(attempt on Manaslu 2003) and possibly Ron Doorakkers (McKinley 2003) then
descend with a paraglider from the summit!!
You might recall Wilco from Everest 2002, when we covered him and
Hans van der Meulen. Hans van
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from 2002 is here.
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