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.
Update 5/17/2004: Wilco van
Rooijen, Rex Snelder and Ron Doorakkers started moving up the mountain on
Sunday morning. Before reaching North Col Ron Doorakkers decided to return to
ABC. The injuries he suffered from last weekends nearly fatal accident proved
to be to much a burden. His ankle was damaged during his fall. He gave it his
best shot but decided it was not to be this year! Wilco and Rex continued
their climb and reached North Col Sunday afternoon. Monday morning they
continued their climb. Currently they are in Camp 2 at 7400 meters. They are
reunited there with Dawa sherpa.
The plan for their summit
Tuesday climb to camp 3.
Wednesday climb to camp 4 (bivouac) Start summit bid Thursday morning 01.00
hr. (local time)
Thursday morning 10.00-12.00 hr. Summit.
Wilco is bringing his
paraglide with him. Expected wind speed at the top 4-5bft. The conditions
should be right for a paragliding flight from the top down to ABC.
I hope somebody in ABC has a
video camera to film his descent. It must be an AWESOME SIGHT !
The Dutch expedition receives
up to date weather information from The Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute.
I will keep you informed
about their progress.
Good luck to all the other
expeditions on the North Side
Maarten van Eck
Base Camp Netherlands
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
der Meulen and Wilco are below. Our coverage of Hans van der Meulen and Wilco
from 2002 is here.