Surviving K2

By Wilco van Rooijen

Surviving days within the dying Zone

In the summer time of 2008 the 'Norit K2 day trip' climbed with out extra oxygen the 8611 meter excessive top of K2 in Pakistan. in the course of the descent the day trip grew to become from triumph to tradedy. one of many greatest tradedy's in mountaineering heritage. Statistical each area 'conqueror' will die at the "Killer Mountain". In 2008 eleven climbers misplaced their existence. the inside track used to be going over the total international from CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky information, BBC, long island occasions etc.

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

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Decades of mountaineering within the Alps undefined, in addition to expeditions to Poland and the Himalayas. yet I take into account that the belief of hiking K2 continuously lurked in his brain, and never continually behind it. In 2004 he climbed Mount Everest with out using bottled oxygen. It used to be purely logical that K2 often is the subsequent step. The adventure of being on a mountain a moment or 3rd time is a different one. You don’t continuously have to be successful the 1st time, and a primary failed try is a powerful motivator for a moment stopover at. You view the mountain from a special standpoint and adapt your technique. there's way more recognize for the beast, and either force and motivation develop. You tread extra skilfully. In 2006 Wilco took half in a world K2 day trip which back proved unsuccessful, he didn't summit. yet he did meet Irishman Gerard McDonnell and jointly they deliberate to come back to K2 in 2008. this day he has a kinfolk and is professionally fascinated with excursion mountaineering. 2008 observed Wilco as chief of the Norit K2 day trip. With a global group Wilco back to K2 for a 3rd time. every year K2 makes new sufferers. not anyone knew that simply as in 1986, the 12 months 2008would be a disastrous yr at the mountain. That season we have been the 1st ones at the mountain. We had a robust crew within which each person was once ready to paintings in the direction of a typical objective, attaining the summit of K2 through the Cesen path. Wilco is an effective excursion chief. He does his utmost to make sure all people has a summit try. And having to work flat out on a mountain isn't really in any respect undesirable if the ambience within the group is nice. We take the best excitement in hiking on K2 jointly. In facing this negative loss, the most powerful help comes from Gerard’s female friend and relations. They have been prepared to hear the real tale of Gerard’s descent with no reproach. It continues to be an important loss. yet climbers are climbers. this is often what defines who they're. i'm proud that Gerard and our excursion contributors controlled a profitable climb of K2. As a real specialist, Wilco is ready to separate excursion, relatives and the lack of Gerard. He units out a transparent line for his lifestyles. His eager for the unknown, greater targets wherein he explores the bounds of his talents , equivalent to throughout the descent from the summit of K2, the place he misplaced all his ft. everybody was once astonished by means of his perseverance. he's a well-balanced person and that's additionally e his energy when it comes to his rehabilitation. i've got doubts he'll climb back. there's no long ago. yet new demanding situations lie forward. The longing r for brand new event continues to be. Cas van de Gevel Malaga, March 2009 bankruptcy 1 the start the end of the pen flows over the paper. I had continuously imagined making a gentle signature for this milestone in our lives, and that i can see that I’ll deal with it. It’s my signature subsequent to Heleen’s at the buy agreement of our switched over farmhouse within the Dutch province of Gelderland. We smile nervously; our younger son Teun is on my lap and doesn’t have a clue as to what this transaction truly includes, yet he smiles the entire similar.

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