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  Dutch attempt to summit Mt Everest


The three Dutch climbers Wilco, Rex and Ron and Dawa Sherpa started to climb to camp 1 on the North Col on Sunday. Ron turned back at the bottom of the ice face to the North Col. He has not recuperated enough from his almost fatal fall last week on the North ridge. Rex is still doing fine despite the frostnip on his fingers.

On Monday they climbed to camp 2 at 7400 meters. Wilco, Rex and Dawa Sherpa moved on to camp 3 on 7900 meters on Tuesday where they arrived in the afternoon. They report strong winds but clear skies towards the summit. They see a few climbers descending from an abandoned summit attempt.

Rex is worried about his fingers. Wilco and Rex have doubts about the strong winds. The plan is to go to 8400 meter on Wednesday to put up a bivouac tent and to leave at midnight for the summit. According to their weather forecast there should be little wind on Wednesday and Thursday

Second Update:

Wilco van Rooijen, Rex Snelder and Dawa sherpa arrived at camp 4 at 8400 meters.  Sky is cloud covered, light snowfall, calm wind.

They will rest and continue their summit bid this afternoon 16.00 utc. ETA summit will be around 00.00-01.00 hr UTC. 6-7 o'clock early Thursday morning Everest time. The reason for speeding up is the forecasted wind speed and incoming clouds. During the night and early morning they will profit from better visibility. If clouds are lower in the direction of ABC the paragliding flight will NOT take place.

If visibility is ok expected flight time will be around 7-9 in the morning EVEREST time.

Next contact will be 16.00 hr utc to confirm departure for summit bid.

Maarten van Eck

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