Everest 2021

Two climbers attempting

the highest mountain

in their own style

 

Join us on this exciting adventure!

We are Sanna Raistakka and Roeland van Oss, a two person team on our way to the Himalayas. Our aim is to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth, without supplemental oxygen and without Sherpa support above base camp, leaving nothing but a boot print behind.

This blog-style website will keep you up to date with the progress of our challenging expedition. Thanks to all our sponsors, who stayed with us through these changeable times.

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Endress & Hauser

Endress & Hauser

A huge thank you to one of our main sponsors @endress_hauser for being part of our Project Everest 21. What was remarkable about these guys was that they ran their own Everest Challenge in the company among the employees while we were on the mountain.They chose their...

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Waste on Everest

Waste on Everest

This is a slightly different kind of post about our Everest Experience. It’s about the waste and rubbish on the mountain. There were about 1000 people in BC so you can imagine the amount of waste that got created during the season. In BC each camp had barrel toilets,...

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In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu. We've been in the capital of Nepal for four days now and finally we are flying back home tonight. Or so we hope?.Due to the very uncertain situation here it's been very tricky to plan your trip to Europe. Kathmandu is still in lockdown. It was extended...

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To Lukla, 2800m

To Lukla, 2800m

The next three days it rained pretty much 23,5 hrs a day and out of those three days, we walked for two. At first ,I really didn’t mind the weather: the air was so rich with scents, everything seemed so green and lush it was a real assault on your senses after several...

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Leaving BC

Leaving BC

It  was partially sad to say goodbye to our awesome base camp crew on this cloudy morning, but at the same time we were excited to hit the trail again and start our long, complicated journey  home. The next cyclone was on its way so we were glad to get on...

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‘Failing’ in Style

‘Failing’ in Style

We turned around. After five rotations through the Icefall and being sick for almost 10 days, my body was tired and empty, and I lost many kilos in the process. People asked me if it was difficult to turn around, but honestly it was not. It was sad and emotional, but...

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Knowing when to turn around

Knowing when to turn around

We kicked off our summit attempt by having a birthday celebration in base camp. It was my special day so Roeland had arranged balloons and a birthday cake, which was made by our super sweet staff. So along with porridge and eggs that morning at 4am, we also had...

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It’s time!

It’s time!

The rest period is now over and the time has come to get ready for the summit attempt. The weather forecasts have been changing on a daily basis and so it did this morning also, showing us that we need to leave tonight if we want to avoid the next lot of bad weather...

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Third rotation – from C2 towards C3

Third rotation – from C2 towards C3

The wind had been gusting throughout the night and by 4am a few clouds hovered around still so we decided, again, to wait a little before heading higher up. Finally it all started clearing off and we got our stuff together for a night or two in camp 3 (#C3), weather...

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Third and last rotation – from BC to C2

Third and last rotation – from BC to C2

Time is ticking and weather is being a little tricky so on Tuesday this week we left for our final foray higher up on the mountain. This time we pushed on directly from #basecamp (#BC) to camp 2 (#C2), which is a bit of a long day. It took us about 9.5 hours with...

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Second rotation – returning to BC

Second rotation – returning to BC

After a four-day rotation in the high altitudes it was time to go back down to basecamp (#BC) for much deserved rest before the next round. We were quite happy with the last few days’ efforts, and with most of the important gear now in place, next time we would come...

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Second rotation – from C2 touching C3

Second rotation – from C2 touching C3

We'd set the alarm for 4am with full intention of being en route by 5am. Well, it didn't exactly go to plan, because a low cloud hovered over camp 2 (#C2) so after early breakfast we decided to snuggle in the sleeping bags a moment longer and waited for the clouds to...

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Rest day in camp 2

Rest day in camp 2

To aid our acclimatization we stayed in camp 2 (#C2) for an extra day just resting. The previous days’ efforts had cost us in energy so this was the perfect opportunity to get some of it back. It was a sunny morning so we sat outside in the baking sun, taking in the...

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Second rotation – from C1 to C2

Second rotation – from C1 to C2

We had a leisurely morning although we did want to beat the worse of the (in)famous #Western Cwm heat, which we'd heard could be brutal. And so it was! Before we even left camp 1 (#C1) around 8.30am we stripped off all unnecessary layers and very fashionably continued...

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Second rotation – from BC to C1

Second rotation – from BC to C1

We got ready for our next acclimatization trip up the mountain and left around 5am a few days ago. Our aim was to get to camp 1 (#C1) at 6,100m and spend the night there before continuing upward. This was the second time for me through the #Khumbu Icefall and...

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