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
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
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.
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