Back in ABC
After spending a nice couple
of days in BC, it was time to go to ABC if we were ever going to get up the
mountain. The group had to be split up, because only four people can sleep in
IC. Marc and Boris, who had become fed up with base camp, went first. Mark
left the following day at six am, because they wanted to complete the route
without spending the night in IC. Werner, Sander and Ruby left a couple of
hours after that, so they could walk to IC leisurely. That proved to be harder
than expected. Even though we had recovered from our ailments, and we were
better acclimatized, the 'pit' of rocks of all shapes sizes remained very
tough to walk on.
After having spent an hour in
IC in our sleeping bags, we suddenly heard Mark's voice. He had had a terrible
time and had decided not to finish the stage, but to return to IC. The next
day it came out that he wanted to return to BC, and to abandon the expedition.
We were quite shocked, but all we could do was accept it. That night in ABC
the atmosphere hit rock bottom. Everybody was turned inwards, chewing mutton,
beans and rice.
But a new day brought new
activities to focus on. On top of that it had been snowing a lot, so we awoke
to a fairy landscape.
At eight o'clock the Sherpas
left for the North Col to put up tents and to set up fixed ropes along the
route to camp 2. Also they could pull out the fixed ropes towards the North
Col for the others who left an hour after them. They're hoping to reach the
North Col despite a heavy bag full of sleeping- and eating gear. They're
looking to spend the night, touch upon camp 2, and return. Werner, Marc and
Boris are going to take it easy and will try to move some gear up in the next
In BC they have succeeded in
sending the expedition maps to the people who are supporting the Disabled
On the Tibet Side of Everest, a Dutch Team will attempt the mountain.
The Dutch team is
Werner de Jong (expedition leader)
Marc Streefkerk (climber)
Mark Thijssen (climber)
Boris Krielen (climber)
Sander Arens (climber)
with another climber joining the expedition...
Few expeditions are successful in Autumn on Everest as compared with the
success in the Spring. See here for a classic Autumn expedition reports:
Autumn Everest 2002
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
See more here.