By Wilco van Rooijen
WILCO VAN ROOIJEN: SURVIVING K2
Surviving days within the demise Zone
In the summer season of 2008 the 'Norit K2 excursion' climbed with out extra oxygen the 8611 meter excessive top of K2 in Pakistan. through the descent the day trip grew to become from triumph to tradedy. one of many greatest tradedy's in climbing 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, big apple instances etc.
Wilco van Rooijen, the Dutch day trip chief has been lacking for 3 days and quit via 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 expense. What precisely happened that August 1, 2008? How might this tragedy have taken position?
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For the previous days he has been riding alongside slim, risky, unpaved roads. he's optimistic and confident and, even with the time misplaced, he thinks we'll succeed in Skardu at the moment day. we're startled as we careen from the line, yet it’s now not critical. the frenzy of adrenaline from the near-accident permits our motive force to bring us to our vacation spot fast, we arrive 23. 00. we're status within the recognized K2 inn in Skardu with its great view of the desolate tract plains and powerful mountain rivers. We speedy take our issues to our rooms, bathe and sleep. once we get up, we're in a unique global. An oasis of relaxation, with perspectives which are simply attainable within the excessive mountains. we've breakfast and rearrange all luggage barrels and duffel luggage. We go shopping. the entire verbal exchange gear - the laptops, modems, satellite tv for pc telephones, sunlight panels, batteries and converters are given a last fee. to any extent further we in basic terms use solar power and now not desire the 220V plugs. 06. 00 on 21 may perhaps. We depart within the jeeps towards Askole. From Skardu it really is over a hundred and ten kilometres alongside risky off-road paths which are occasionally impassable as a result of landslides, falling rocks or rivers that experience burst their banks. We go many suspension bridges that merely enable one automobile to go at a time. those probably frail wobbly stumbling blocks are crossed at not more than strolling velocity. even if this can be an adventurous trip via outstanding landscapes, there's little time to take pleasure in it. we're continually fending off rocks, and in search of areas the place the line has been washed away, landslides or damaged down autos. i do know that simply outdoors Askole there's a steep incline which can in simple terms be climbed with 4x4s and in low gears. It additionally calls for a talented driving force because the street has a number of treacherously sharp hairpin bends. In 2006 numerous jeeps acquired into difficulty: they'd to be unloaded and purely made it after numerous repeated makes an attempt. My middle is in my throat, yet I needn’t have anxious. We climb the hill on the first dependent try. Askole is a true day trip village. because the highway ends right here it's a amassing aspect for porters looking paintings which brings overseas wealth to a really terrible a part of the area. the following morning, the ambience is mainly friendly. we're recruiting. we're the first day trip of the season and the porters are raring to move. i've got introduced alongside a hundred Norit K2 excursion caps. i do know from event how satisfied porters are to have such headgear. a high quality cap is definitely worthy 3 day’s wages. The caps are passed out, and all hell breaks unfastened. We think like pop stars, there are unfortunately no longer sufficient caps to move around. fortunately a few of the porters favor their conventional Hunza headdress. On 22 may well we commence our seven-day trek. we're bored with sitting, and desirous to make lively use of bodies back. lively acclimatisation can start. We - are nonetheless at in basic terms 2500 metres, yet will fast ascend to 5000 metres. The trek is going through Korophonenaar Jhula, Paiju the place we'll have an afternoon of leisure, then directly to Urdukas, Goro II, wide height base camp and our ultimate aim: K2 base camp.