Mount Everest North Side 2002
5/30/2002: Wilco has called home in the afternoon.
He has no news from Hans who left for the summit
yesterday. Hans has no sat phone. He is expected back
in Camp 2 not within the next couple of hours.
can not wait for Hans in Camp 2 because he has not
sufficient water to drink. He has been advised by
experienced climbers from home to descend, because his
drinking water supply left, only 0.75-liter, is to
little. He has started to descend after the call to
the first camp below with a stove and fuel to melt
snow. The sat phone stays in Camp 2 for Hans to call.
has been instructed from home: "Descend as soon
as possible to the North Col (7000 meter) While
passing by the remains of your blown-away camp stop
for 10 minutes only to possibly retrieve a stove or
drinks. But keep on descending. To North Col try to
use the stove at the camp on North col. If it works
you can stay at this camp until Saturday morning by
the latest to wait for Hans. But you have to be in ABC
(6400 m.) on Saturday night. If that stove does not
work you can use the fuel to melt snow. But afterwards
move on to ABC were we expect you to arrive on Friday
is food and water in ABC and a sat phone. Call home
twice a day."
are waiting for Hans to call. He has a stove in his
backpack and can call from camp 2 (7700 meter). The
plan is that he will join with Wilco on the North col
or in ABC.
van der Meulen just called from camp at 7700 meters.
He just returned from a successful summit. No oxygen,
no Sherpa's . He is a bit tired, is resting now and
drinking. Soon he will follow Wilco's footsteps.
is moving down towards North Col (7000) meters. He
didn't have enough water left and no burner to melt
snow. He could not wait longer for the return of
of summit and reunion of Hans and Wilco will follow
a great sigh of relief and very proud we greet you all