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By Wilco van Rooijen

WILCO VAN ROOIJEN: SURVIVING K2
Surviving days within the loss of life Zone

In the summer time of 2008 the 'Norit K2 excursion' climbed with out extra oxygen the 8611 meter excessive top of K2 in Pakistan. throughout the descent the excursion grew to become from triumph to tradedy. one of many largest tradedy's in mountaineering background. Statistical each zone 'conqueror' will die at the "Killer Mountain". In 2008 eleven climbers misplaced their lifestyles. the scoop was once going over the full global from CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky information, BBC, big apple occasions etc.

Wilco van Rooijen, the Dutch day trip chief has been lacking for 3 days and quit via the surface global. On his final energy he got here again a existence out of the 'Death Zone'. The 'Norit K2' day trip 2008 paid a excessive cost. What precisely came about that August 1, 2008? How may possibly this tragedy have taken position?

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We speedy climb on in the direction of camp 2 and arrive 4 hours after the twist of fate. Roeland is sitting there, and nonetheless feeling a piece groggy. he's capable of descend to base camp with Mark. Staying in camp 2 isn't really an choice as a result of loss of area, yet typically the inability of oxygen at this altitude. And Roeland wishes oxygen to recover. We watch Mark and Roeland, and are relieved that not anything critical occurred. Roeland appears to be like himself back. We pay attention to the climb, a significant undertaking that also lies prior to us. now we have really simply simply began. The afternoon is spent consuming and resting within the sunlight. the elements is nice, with little to no wind, and our self belief is becoming. The view is exceptional and overwhelming. those are small moments that make all of it valuable: sitting in entrance of your tent on a small ledge, having fun with a scorching cup of tea with a good workforce. The steep drop less than indicates how a lot development you've gotten made and makes you are feeling at the same time small and proud. however the toughest half is but to return. K2 is significant. On Thursday three July, at 08. 00, the 5 folks go away for camp three. we all know it will likely be a heavy day. it's going to require us to trace in knee-deep snow. . the 1st a part of the direction is going alongside rocks, by way of a small traverse, a steep couloir after which by way of what seems an unending snow ridge. this is often critical mountaineering. thankfully, there has been a powerful wind final evening that blew away a lot of the powder snow which makes a big distinction, however it remains to be heavy paintings. from time to time i have to relaxation and lean opposed to a rock to elevate my blood oxygen. mountaineering in terrain like it is a query of measuring your move and utilizing your constrained power assets properly. We take turns monitoring up the mountain, and arrive in camp three at 14. 30. We suppose content material. We nonetheless need to arrange the second one tent and that's no effortless attempt. this can be a heavier tent whose around form calls for a wide floor. inspite of our efforts to lock the tent we maintain hitting into rock slightly below the snow. it truly is very unlikely to safe the tent. we choose to allow a part of it hold loose with a view to no less than let us sleep on a space that's quite point. Pemba comes to a decision on who will sleep jointly. the 2 longest climbers, Cas and that i will sleep within the tent that used to be already status. we're one slumbering bag brief, the preparatory workforce must have introduced it up. this can be stressful, yet no longer worthy getting fearful approximately. We already understand what it's wish to sleep in a down go well with. we're prepared for the evening. The day-by-day phone name to Maarten brings a few optimism. the next day the elements will enhance. We suppose strong, we're healthy and K2 looks having a look favourably on us. yet our nerves have become edgy. do we be successful? Of all of the expeditions at the mountain, we're the furthest; miles prior to the contest. day after today is the day. The plan is straightforward: climb as much as camp four in a single move, spend a number of hours within the bivouac, and on Saturday evening at 01. 00 begin our first summit test. previous to falling asleep, the Serb Hoselito unexpectedly arrives. He has taken greater than ten hours to get from camp 2 to camp three.

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