Mount Everest North Side 2002
6/3/2002: Hans and Wilco back in BC
and Wilco hiked back to BC (5200 m.) with all the
expedition gear on Sunday June 2nd. They only arrived
at night due to the difficulties of
Hans with walking.
the expedition gear has been carried by Yaks from ABC.
Wilco was able to retrieve the 40 kg backpack, with
some of the gear of the high camps, from under the
North Col, where he had left it behind. It is
difficult for Hans to walk due to the frostbite on his
toes. We have received only short messages from ABC
because they are not able to charge the batteries of
the sat phone. In BC they have solar panels to charge
the batteries. Hans and Wilco are packing all gear for
transportation now. This will be shipped by courier
from Kathmandu. On Tuesday June 4th they will go by
4WD car to Kathmandu. They will arrive on Wednesday
night. Then they have to take care of a lot of things.
The plan is to leave Kathmandu on June 10th to arrive
in Holland on June 11th.