The latest News is
We are now in Intermediate Camp
at 5350 m. We are having 2 problems: non-cooperating yaks and mountain
sickness. It is unclear when we will reach basecamp (about 4 hours climbing
from here). [
The goal of the
SKi8000 expedition 2004 is to make the first Dutch Ski
descent from the summit of an eight thousand meter peak.
We will climb the Cho Oyu via the classic route, on the
North face of Cho Oyu. We will fly to Kathmandu and by
bus we will cross the Tibetan border to China, via the
villages Nyalam and Tingri. Chinese basecamp is at 5200
meter but we will set up our base camp at 5800 meters.
This is one of the highest base camps in the world.
We will set up 3
high altitude camps on our way to the summit. Camp 1 is
situated on the ridge of the mountain at 6400m. Camp 2
is at 7000m and camp 3 is at 7500m. We will spend
several weeks setting up these camps and acclimatizing.
Once ready, we will make our final climb to camp 3,
spend a night, and climb up to the summit.
About one hundred
altitude meters above camp 3, a 15m high rock band has
to be crossed before attaining the large summit plateau
at 8201 m. Once Everest can be seen, the summit has been
reached! From here we will ski back down in the thin air
as low as we can, depending on the snow conditions. This
could be down to camp 1 or maybe even lower.
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