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‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...