Just after dark, the summit team has arrived
in basecamp. Tomorrow full story!
4/30: A period of intense teamwork has
contributed to a fantastic achievement which merits credits from many people,
especially Joost, Herman, Ngima, Pemba, Pasang and Ang Pemba. Thanks to these
people, and others, it has been possible for Greg, Ang and Pasang to reach the
summit of Cho Oyu. A true team effort, which has been built up for many months
before success was possible. The real achievement, the ski descent from 8201
I would personally like to thank Joost
and Herman for their hard work and friendship.
The climb up to Vicks camp 3 was very
strenuous. Mentally, I had a hard time making identical steps as a week
earlier, but this time without Joost. It felt very weird to be climbing
without him, especially because I had not climbed without him for more than a
year. But as Johan would say, "elk nadeel heb zijn voordeel" and I enjoyed
more space in the tents. Ang Pemba, Pasang and I left Vicks camp 3 at
midnight, in artic temperatures. Before we arrive at the rock band at 7700
meters, the moon disappears and leaves us in complete dark. We have some
problems finding the fixed ropes we placed earlier and I start worrying about
our summit attempt. Luckily, Pasang finds the ropes and progress can continue.
My thermometer indicates -43 degrees at 5h30, and my feet are freezing cold. I
take of my shoes to rub my toes warm, but this nearly helps.
At 8h00, we arrive at 8020 meters, where
Joost and I decided to turn around a week earlier. From here, I am determined
to go the summit, but the going is extremely slow. When we arrive on the vast
summit plateau at 8120 meters, I know we are going to make it. After one and a
half hour of walking, searching for the summit, finally Everest comes in view
and Ang and I celebrate success! Pasang descends quickly because he is too
cold while Ang and I make pictures and enjoy the view.
After a few moments of concentration, I
click in to my ski's at 8201 meters and point them towards base camp! The real
adventure starts, and I begin to feel better and better. After 100 vertical
meters of skiing, the weather starts deteriorating quickly and Ang and I lose
view. We cannot find the fix ropes which lead down and I decide to take off my
ski's and replace them with crampons. It is now important that Ang and I
safely descend to Vicks 3 together. It is 14h00, we are still above 8000
meters and the weather is turning for the worse. We are both completely
exhausted, moving very slowly and both a bit worried about the situation. We
proceed downwards and at 18h00, we arrive in Vicks 3. For the first time, I
realize the Vickspedition is successful!!!
I camp 3, I feel very bad. I try to drink
something, and fall asleep. The next day I feel much better and prepare to
continue the ski descent. From Vicks 3 (7448 meters), I am able to ski all the
way to the ice cliff, at 6800 meters. A short abseil on the ice cliff, and I
reclick into my ski's! I really feel very well on my ski's, and this gives me
courage for the continuation of the ski descent, off the difficult ridge. Ang
is filming every second of it!
Yeah, I made it! At 17h30 Ang and I
arrive in OC&C camp 1, where Pemba and Pasang are awaiting us. It is two more
hours walk to base camp, and completely in extase from emotion and fatigue, I
meet Joost and Herman in tears. Ngima and Joost's father have arrived in base
camp, which is a great surprise!! The next few hours go past me without me
really realizing what's going on, but I remember feeling very happy to be back
in base camp with Joost, Herman and the others.
The night is long, because I cannot sleep
from the pain in my throat. The fatigue is serious but I know the
Vickspedition Ski8000 is succesful, and that we did it as a team! Thanks to
all of you for your support! Greg
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