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  Mt. Everest 2005: Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse moving up to Base Camp


Highlights from the 29th Updated : 30th March 2005

Highlights from the 29th. We stayed in Pherice which is pretty desolate place. Hiking was ok only 300mtr gain from Tenbochy. All in all pretty enjoyable but not a very spectacular day other than the 2hrs lunch stop in the sun looking at Aba Dablam

Highlights from today the 30th. Leaving Pherice. Big height gain today 900mts. Now sleeping higher than Mt Blanc. Dirk and I both in good condition, eating, sleeping and trekking well. Now snowing outside and this will be our last lodge before base camp in two days. Tomorrow is an acclimatisation day but we make a trek anyway. I gave away a thermal top and a pertex shirt to one of our Sherpa today as he had no warm clothing and although 16 years old looks about 12. Food is acceptable and we are eating about three times our normal diet

Arrived at Thengboche Updated : 28th March 2005

We arrived at Thengboche today after descending 600metres and climbing 700m. Currently at an altitude of 3890 and the temperature is at freezing. We were invited to the house of our sherpa leader and his wife very kindly presented us with some silk prayer scarves. We intend visiting the temple in Thengboche today. I feel very strong although I have a bit of a sore throat so maybe a bit of a cold coming on!

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Background

Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse, a small German/English team of two will attempt Everest in Spring of 2005 via the normal southeast ridge route. Keith is in his fifties, Dirk 39. "Both of us have extensive mountaineering experience, I am in a lifetime project of the seven summits, already started with Kilimanjaro, 20 years ago. My expeditions have been self organized whenever possible. I soloed Aconcagua and Elbrus - if you can call it this way on this beaten tracks. Everest and Carstensz are still missing. Keith and me climbed Denali together the year before. Keith works for British Telecom as Manager Global Solutions. I am Pilot for a German Charter Company. My aim is to support a cancer charity. This has a personal background, as my wife has cancer herself and I am greatly involved in researching things and supporting people with the same fate. Everest is a good opportunity to raise funds things like this. Every support is welcome!"

If you would like to support Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse or give to their cancer project, let us know!   

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