Everest 2021

Two climbers attempting

the highest mountain

in their own style

 

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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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Rest and recovery

Rest and recovery

About 10 days ago we went down the valley where we spent three days in the village of #Dingboche at about 4,350m, eating well and sleeping a lot. And it seemed to do the trick. In #basecamp (BC) we just could not shake off what we had, but the 1,000m lower altitude,...

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Night time magic

Night time magic

A couple of nights ago I took the camera and tripod outside our camp to capture some night time sights. It’s almost full moon so there is a lot of light through the night, especially when the strong moonbeams reflect on the snowcapped peaks and glaciers.It's pretty...

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Experiencing setbacks

Experiencing setbacks

In the last few days we've had a few set backs, but this is part of expeditioning, I suppose. A few days ago we were planning to go on a rotation, but there was an accident in the Icefall, which required re-routing some of the track to Basecamp 1 so everyone stayed...

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Puja ceremony – holy Lama blessing us on our journey

Puja ceremony – holy Lama blessing us on our journey

For anyone who has been or will be going on a expedition in this part of the world, will come across a ‘puja', an important ceremony to Sherpas, asking the gods for a permission to climb the mountain and to stay safe. And definitely a ceremony that we also wanted to...

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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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