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  Mt. Everest 2005: Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse in the icefall


Decided to check out climbing gear and get some further acclimatisation in with Dirk and Manuel a hotelier from the Pyrenees. He speaks no English but he a nice guy and I like him. We communicate quite well with expressions and sign language. Dirk found a way across the Moraine to the fixed ropes but then had to turn back as he only had some of the necessary gear to ascend the ice fall. Manuel and I continued for a further two hours to an altitude of over 5500 meters. We crossed about 12 major crevasses on aluminum ladders which was quite fun and safe providing you know how to do it and have the necessary gear. This has left me feeling tired but very confident I can get to Camp 1. This maybe a week away as we are awaiting two other groups before we can have the Puja ceremony with the Lama necessary to bless our attempt.

Still there is much to do checking equipment and especially the O2. Also despite my acclimatisation which is better than expected today. It has proved that I am not yet ready to push on upwards to above 6000 meters.

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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!"

 

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