Mount Everest North Side 2002
Monday May 13th: After a long period of bad weather it
seems there will be good weather. Hans and Wilco have
ambitious plans to set up camp 2 and camp 3. From now
on it is becoming exciting.
call Saturday morning. Wilco has called his girlfriend
Helen on Saturday morning, very early: We are now back
in ABC. We have been on 7400 m. to make a depot for
Camp 2. We have not put a tent up due to the hard
wind. Afterwards we descended to ABC. It is still very
cold and there is a lot of wind. Hans has recovered
completely and Wilco is also feeling very good. Hans
almost got frostbite on the descent.
will stay in ABC to go up again a.s.a.p. when the
weather is good. The tents of Hans and Wilco on North
Col are still OK. No damage due to the severe storms
of last week.
for setting up camp 2 and camp 3: Hans and Wilco will
attempt to climb from ABC to camp 2 (7400 m) in
one go on Monday May 13th. On Tuesday they want to
pitch the tent which has been buried there together
with other gear by Wilco. (Hans descended earlier due
to the hard wind and the chance on frost-bite on his
fingers and toes. Hans does not suffer from frostbite,
but his fingers turned white)
next day, Wednesday May 15th, they try to establish
camp 3 on 7800 meter. Then they will descend to ABC.
It is expected, with the current weather-improvement,
that other teams will attempt a summit bid
already this week.
and Wilco will wait, also because the paraglide
descend demands very good weather. Both Hans and Wilco
make a healthy and motivated impression on the call.
This good weather could speed up the whole thing.