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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Base Camp

Base Camp

[17 April 2021, by Sanna Raistakka] It is a pretty crazy place this BC: hundreds of people living in tents strewn along the Khumbu glacier, surrounded by sheer rock and ice faces, which occasionally drop down thundering bombs of ice and snow. It is so vastly spread...

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Our first rotation to Camp 1 (6,100m)

Our first rotation to Camp 1 (6,100m)

[11 April 2021, by Sanna Raistakka] We took a couple of days rest after arriving to Everest Base Camp (BC), the icy home for several hundred people each spring. We had all our gear to sort through for one, and secondly, it was nice to get comfortable in our new...

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Island Peak – Take 2!

Island Peak – Take 2!

[04-05 April 2021]  After a good dinner, sleep and breakfast in #Chukhung we packed our bags again and walked back up to the high camp of #IslandPeak (5400m). Because all our gear was in high camp already, our packs were relatively light. At 04.00...

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Our first attempt to climb Island Peak

Our first attempt to climb Island Peak

[31 March-02 April 2021]  On the 31 of March, after our rest day, we started the approach from #Chukhung (4750m) towards #IslandPeak BC at about 5100m. An extra bag of climbing equipment had been delivered days earlier so now we had a tent, gas and food for our...

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Getting high!

Getting high!

[Trekking days 6 & 7 - 29 March 2021]  It was time to get some more altitude, so from Chukhung we hiked up to Chukhung Ri, a 5550m high trekking peak above the small village we were staying in. It was a nice walk, with amazing views from the top...

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Getting ready for Island Peak

Getting ready for Island Peak

[Trekking days 5 - 28 March 2021] After a wonderful evening and amazing breakfast in Dingboche, we had a short walking day towards Chukhung, at 4750m. A sunny but windy day, with our next goal in front of us for most of the walk, Island Peak (6189m). We had sent a...

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The journey to Dingboche and seeing Ama Dablam up close

The journey to Dingboche and seeing Ama Dablam up close

[Trekking days 3 & 4 - 26-27 March 2021] During these two days we continued our journey from Namche (3440m) to Dingboche (4350m) via the stunning and colorful monastery settlement of Tengboche (3750m). Although the trails have been quiet apart from the yak...

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And they’re off!

And they’re off!

Sanna and Roeland are now officially starting their incredible ‘Everest no O2’ adventure with a 6,189m peak as acclimatiser/appetiser! They’ll be leaving from Chukhung village (4,730m) to reach the base camp of Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, by Wednesday, and...

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Trekking day 2

Trekking day 2

The storms passed during the night and this morning the sun was shining with majestic, snowcapped summits peeking behind the mountains.Aaah,what a sight! The trail toward Namche Bazar (3440m's) was very mellow to begin with until the last 500 vertical meters of...

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Trekking day 1

Trekking day 1

Wednesday was an early start to the airport, to take the plane to Lukla. This little town at 2800m is the beginning of the trek to Everest BC. After arranging our porters, we used this first day trekking as a slow start, getting used to the altitude again, dodging the...

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Expedition food

Expedition food

How does it work with food on the expedition? Our base camp service includes all the meals in the base camp so that part is taken care of, but for the rest, it's a time consuming, complex task to get it right. We've calculated breakfast, lunch and dinner for two for...

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Kathmandu streets

Kathmandu streets

On the streets of Kathmandu. Since our arrival a few days ago we have taken it easy: done a few strolls around the beautiful Boudha stupa, slept, unpacked and met up with the expedition organizer for final details as well as seen a couple of friends.The first picture...

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To the Himalayas

To the Himalayas

To begin this journey toward the highest peak on the planet has been anything but simple. It started a year ago with a global pandemic announcement; then there were numerous lockdowns while trying to train; daily changes in rules and regulations in travelling between...

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