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The 2007 Everest expedition

These updates were sent on a regular basis via satellite phone calls and emails from the team on Everest.

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Ronnie, Mike and John will be arriving home in Cape Town on Friday 1st June at 19:35

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Ronnie and Mike packed their gear at Advanced Base Camp and prepared to move to Base Camp. On Sunday, they leave for Kathmandu where they will meet John.

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Ronnie and Mike descended from 7700m to Advanced Base Camp with tired legs but overjoyed and jubilant about climbing to the roof of the world.

 

1South Africa Everest expeditionAfter arriving at Camp 3 situated at 8 300m, we spent some time resting, hydrating and preparing our gear for the final summit push which began at 09:30pm. The climb up to the North East Ridge at 8 600m is steep and the terrain is a combination of snow and rock making the climbing challenging, particularly in the dark. One encounters three technical rock climbs and then the summit pyramid which is a steep and onerous snow and ice climb.  At this stage of the summit push, the sun rose over the Tibetan Plateau bringing with it breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The final challenge is a precipitous 40cm wide traverse which skirts the summit with an awesome drop-off to the entire north face of Everest.

Ronnie arrived at the summit at 6 am, followed by Mike 20 minutes later and together they revelled in the incredible vistas and overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

The six-hour journey back down to Camp 2 in gale-force winds was precarious and exposed.  In our exhausted state, extra-special care was needed on our descent and we spent a dreadful and extremely windy night camping.

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SUMMIT SUCCESS
Report from Glenda Muhl

Ronnie, Mike and sherpas (Lhakpa Randu and I don’t have the other wonderful man's name) summited at 2:30am our time today. We had a sleepless night waiting for the call. I am so proud of their achievement - the 11th and 12th South Africans to stand on top of the world and Mike at 56 years, the oldest South African to be there.

Ronnie could not speak for long but I detected a lot of emotion in his voice. The conversation went something like this: "It's been a long haul, but here I am - it's incredible Glen - tell the children... here comes Mike - I haven't seen him since the 2nd step - he will be with me in about 10 minutes - I have to go - need to put my oxygen mask back on again....."

Mike called his wife a few minutes later saying, "I am top of the world" with the voice of Lhakpa Randu cheering in the background.

We are eagerly awaiting news of their safe decent.

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South Africa Everest expeditionRonnie and Mike climb from Camp 2 at 7 700m to Camp 3 at 8 300m.  Climbing in fairly strong winds, the going is steep and challenging but they arrive in Camp 3 in fairly good shape and prepare for the summit.

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Andy will be arriving home in Johannesburg on Wednesday 23rd May at 05:30am.

Soon after the team leaves the North Col for Camp 2, John decides to turn and head back to Advanced Base Camp. Mike and Ronnie continue on to Camp 2 where the wind picked up to gale force and they needed to hunker down and wait it out. However, they slept on oxygen and got a reasonable night’s sleep.

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Ronnie, Mike and John leave Advanced Base Camp to climb up to the North Col and spend the night there.

 

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Andy leaves Advanced Base Camp for Base Camp to return to Kathmandu and ultimately back to South Africa.  Ronnie, Mike & John prepare for their summit bid.

 

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Ronnie, Mike and John moved up to Advanced Base Camp and were reunited with Andy.  The afternoon was spent catching up on his incredible experience and it was great hearing all his tales.

 

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Andy arrived safely in Advanced Base Camp late yesterday afternoon, tired but overjoyed.  The rest of the team left Base Camp in beautiful weather for Intermediate Base Camp where they will spend one night there before moving up to Advanced Base Camp.

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SUMMIT SUCCESS!
We are ecstatic to announce that Andy van der Velde successfully summited Mt. Everest at 5am Nepalese time this morning.  He climbed with Nima Sherpa in good conditions and is now moving down towards Advanced Base Camp.

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It was great to hear Andy’s voice from Camp 3 at 8 300m. He described the conditions as cloudy, but warm inside the tent. He is ready for his summit bid and plans to leave the highest camp in the world at 9:30 tonight. The remaining three members relaxed in Base Camp and enjoyed their first fresh salad for lunch in 6 weeks. The latest weather report reveals a stable window for all of next week.

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Andy and Nima reached Camp 2 at 7 700m safely and in fine spirits. The weather is holding, although some instability still exists. Ronnie, Mike and John walked down to Base Camp for a few days’ rest before their summit push next week.

 

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An up-to-date weather forecast was obtained which still revealed that a reasonable weather window existed.  The majority of the team felt that the window is not ideal and would prefer to wait for warmer and more stable conditions at a later stage.

Andy, however, is determined to take advantage of the opportunity and left Advanced Base Camp at 13:30 today accompanied by the very capable Nima Sherpa, who has six summits to his credit. We established that 150 climbers are taking advantage of this weather window to push for the summit.Go Andy Go!

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Today we did our final preparations for the summit push. We checked our oxygen masks and regulators and discussed various issues with the sherpas. Our computer crashed and so we needed to source up-to-date weather information from other camps. It appears that there is a weather window and many a teams are taking advantage of this opportunity. As the window not being clear-cut, the team debated our strategy at length, but by nightfall had not reached a consensus and agreed to re-assess the situation after a new weather update in the morning.

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We left Intermediate Base Camp in fine weather for Advanced Base Camp. However, the weather deteriorated along the way, and we were soon moving up in snow. After about 4.5 hours, we all arrived safely in Advanced Base Camp. It continued to snow throughout the night.

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John arrived in Base Camp early this morning from Shigar and joined the rest of the team on their walk up to Intermediate Base Camp. With porters to help carry their personal gear, the team covered the 11km stretch in four hours.

The team is committed to arriving in Advanced Base Camp refreshed and ready for their summit push

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As we prepare to leave Base Camp for the last time, we find ourselves spending time focused on the weather. There is a possible weather window around the 17th and again around the 21st.  We need to get to Advanced Base Camp before we can have a clearer picture of what lies ahead.  John will join us in Intermediate Base Camp tomorrow.

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The drive from Shigar yesterday was an absolute nightmare. We drove in a Chinese four- wheel drive vehicle which was less than a year old, but it was an absolute wreck and we felt as though we had all been through the ringer. The mountain has a lot of snow and there have been no further summits that we are aware of. Our sherpas and cooking staff are all in Base Camp enjoying a well-deserved rest.  John is in Shigar today and will join us in a few days’ time.

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sherpaRonnie, Mike and Andy drove back to Base Camp, while John stayed on in Shigar for a few extra days’ rest. Ronnie’s back is perfectly healed and everyone is well-rested and ready to tackle the next two weeks - the final push to the summit of the ‘Mother Goddess of the Universe’.

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South Africa Everest expeditionMike and Andy can be like two naughty school boys! They took great delight in messing around with Ronnie’s electricity and re-arranging the sheets on his bed. That’s what happens when you have lots of time on your hands and nothing to occupy it with. John arrived in Shigar this afternoon from Base Camp and he is well and happy that he has completed his acclimatisation process. It is fantastic that he is back on track.

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The guys relaxed in Shigar and caught up with Mike’s sister, Carol, who now lives in Beijing. This afternoon we met with Conrad Anker who was the climber responsible for finding the body of George Mallory on the slopes of the North face in 1999.

 

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The day was spent relaxing in Shigar.  Everyone enjoyed their first shower in over 2 weeks. Mike’s sister, Carol, spent last night at Base Camp and joined us in Shigar. What a great surprise!

We will let you know how John is getting on.

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South Africa Everest expeditionRonnie, Mike and Andy left Base Camp for Shigar, where they plan to spend 4 nights at 4 300m, resting, recuperating and preparing for their final push when they return to the mountain.  John has climbed up to the North Col.

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South Africa Everest expeditionRonnie, Mike and Andy packed up their gear and walked down to Base Camp for a rest.  It snowed for 4 hours, which made the going very tough indeed.  Along the way they met John on his way back up to Advanced Base Camp and he was in high spirits, looking forward to his climb up to 7 000m.

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Just after breakfast  we heard that the climbers from Kazakhstan were in trouble on the descent and that they called for help at 4am this morning. Our Sirdar Lhakpa Randu was involved with their rescue, which took 16 hours. The South African team had the Discovery TV crew interviewing and filming them all day.

The Kazakhs finally made it back to Advanced Base Camp at 9pm.  They were physically, mentally and emotionally drained.

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The day was spent relaxing in Advanced Base Camp. We have heard that two climbers from Kazakhstan, Max and Musili, had summited Everest without oxygen. They were the first climbers of the season to summit.

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After a few hot drinks we packed our gear and descended the fixed lines and made our way back to Advanced Base Camp. The rest of the day was spent relaxing.

 

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We awoke to blue skies and after discussion with our Sirdar, Lhakpa Randu, we decided to climb the icy head wall to the North Col. In places, the head wall is near vertical and without fixed ropes, it would be impossible to climb. It took us about 5 hours to complete the climb and we spent a reasonable night at 7050m. We have heard that John had arrived safely in Base Camp although he was extremely tired and in need of medical care.

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It snowed for most of the day in Advanced Base Camp and this may affect our plans of going up to the North Col tomorrow. We played three-man bridge for most of the day.

 

1South Africa Everest expeditionJohn has been struggling with altitude-related illnesses for some time now. The team felt it would be in his best interest to descend to Base Camp for a few days of well-deserved rest.

 

 

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Mike and Ronnie taught John and Andy to play bridge.  Most of the day was spent playing many hands in the mess tent at Advanced Base Camp.

Thanks to all who have been sending emails. Unfortunately at this stage we are still struggling to set up our email but once we are up and running we will respond to all the messages.

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Mike, John and Andy prepared their climbing gear and proceeded up to the base of the Fixed Lines beneath the North Col.

Andy climbed to 6 900m, while Mike and John climbed to 6 750m and 6 650m respectively.

Ronnie relaxed in Advanced Base Camp.

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Moving from Intermediate Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp, Ronnie finally joined Mike, Andy and John, who are all in good shape.

 

 

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Ronnie finally left Base Camp for Intermediate Base Camp only to get caught in a snowstorm just before arriving in Base Camp.

 

 

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Everest - advanced base campDue to a faulty aerial there has been no radio contact between Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp, so at this stage it is not certain whether Mike, John and Andy have reached Advanced Base Camp. Ronnie has been reading and resting and has now had enough of Base Camp. He plans to move higher tomorrow.

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Mike, John and Andy spent the day at Intermediate Base Camp, while Ronnie stayed in Base Camp resting his back.  The higher up the mountain you are, the less conducive it is to recovery from illness or injury, so it is best to stay as low as possible when dealing with any unfortunate mishaps. Over one ton of equipment, food and oxygen left Base Camp today on the backs of 29 yaks. The weather has been awesome.

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Ronnie MuhlEarly this morning Ronnie was carried on a stretcher to the communications tent where a lady doctor from the Russel Brice expedition gave him some powerful drugs to ease the spasm and pain. For 6 hours he was out for a count, Mike, John and Andy left for Intermediate Base Camp and then on to Advanced Base Camp. Ronnie will join them later in the week.

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Ronnie struggled to get out of bed this morning. His back had gone into spasm due to yesterday’s fall and he will probably not move up to Advanced Base Camp with Mike, John and Andy tomorrow, as a full recovery is imperative before going higher. He has been taking anti-inflammatories to help ease the spasm and pain. John made his famous bully beef stew for lunch, which went down like a storm.

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After breakfast the team did an acclimatisation climb above Base Camp. We climbed to 5600m on fairly precarious terrain. Where on one occasion Ronnie slipped and hurt his back. The afternoon was spent preparing to move up to Advanced Base Camp.

 

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We woke this morning to superb weather and after breakfast each of us managed to get a warm shower, our first since leaving Kathmandu on the seventh. Baby wipes have had to suffice for the last eight days. We also managed to get some clothing washed. We have enjoyed grooming ourselves.

 

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Our high-altitude sherpas and kitchen staff moved up to Advanced Base Camp today along with 20 yaks each carrying 60kgs of communal equipment and food.

We did an acclimatisation walk up the East Rongbuk glacier.  The views of Everest and Pumori were magnificent.

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sherpaThe overnight low last night was minus 15ºC. We had our Base Camp Puja ceremony this morning—it was an amazing experience. Our sherpas will leave for Advanced Base Camp tomorrow. The team are settling in nicely.

 

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We finally arrived in Base Camp situated at 5 200m. The weather is superb and the views of Everest are breath-taking. We have a wonderful set-up here at the base of the mountain and look forward to settling into Base Camp life.

 

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Today we climbed above Tingri to 5 000m as part of our acclimatisation program and then rested in the afternoon. We are all tired of eating Chinese food and can’t wait to get to Base Camp.

 

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Today we drove to the little village of Tingri which is 4 200m above sea level.  We will spend two nights here and do some further acclimatisation.  All is going well so far.

 

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After breakfast in Nyalam we did another acclimatisation climb up to 4 300m and got back to the village just before it started to snow.  We sampled a local Tibetan dish called Tukpah before we had lunch and a restful afternoon. 

Mike and Andy inadvertently swopped thermal long johns, the guys will never be the same again.

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After heavy rainfall overnight, we left Zangmu early so as to avoid the resulting landslides which were expected later in the day.

We arrived at Nyalam in time for brunch and then did a climb up to 4 100m to acclimatise.  We rested this afternoon in the cold Snow Land Hotel where the four of us are sharing a room.

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We left Kathmandu this morning for Base Camp.  It will take up to 5 days to get there.  The drive up the Sun Khosi River to Kodari is magnificent.  We crossed Friendship Bridge into Tibet and then drove to Zangmu where before bedding down for the night, Ronnie taught John how to send an sms.

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This morning we met our sherpas at a monastery known as Pal Gyi Dingri Langkor Jangsem Kunga Ling (we struggled pronouncing it as well!) where our Kathmandu Puja ceremony was held.  As individuals and as a team we were blessed by His Holiness Tsering Wangdu Norbu Rinpoche.  It was a very special ceremony indeed and extremely important for our sherpas.

We then did some sightseeing before that last minute preparation.  We are ready to leave for base camp early tomorrow morning.

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Today we met with Elizabeth Hawley, a wonderful lady based in Kathmandu, who has kept records and statistics of all the climbers on Everest for more than half a decade.  She also manages the Hillary Foundation in Nepal.  We did the last bit of shopping before packing our bags, which will leave for base camp tomorrow.

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The day was spent dealing with oxygen masks and communications.  In the evening we met with our high-altitude sherpas and had dinner with them and other members of the Arun staff.  We are all psyched and enjoying these last-minute preparations.

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Ronnie and Andy arrived safely in Kathmandu this morning.  They were met by Mike and John, who had arrived back one day earlier from the Langtang where they successfully climbed to 5 000m and made a start on their acclimatisation.  While in Kathmandu, the team met with Dawa, the manager of their logistical company, to finalise their intinerary.

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In 1922 George Leigh Mallory wrote the following "The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is no use.' There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation, but otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It's no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for."

Two weeks ago Mike and John left for Nepal and finally Ronnie and Andy’s turn has come around. Before Mike flew to Kathmandu, he had this to say: “I guess the show is on the road for John and me. It’s been a hectic few days and will be some relief to get on the plane to Nepal.

Thanks for all your inspiration and support during the lead-up and it’s been a privilege being associated with you. I think we’re going to make a really good team and look forward to hooking up in Kathmandu.

I know you guys will be very busy in the workplace over the next two weeks – but vasbyt and don’t stress too much – the mountains beckon!!!”

It has certainly been a hectic and stressful 2 weeks, but the mountains do beckon and we’re on our way.

The first radio crossing with Nic Marais and KFM took place this morning at 07:45 am.

These crossings will take place from now on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at the same time.

Watch this space for updates!!

With warm regards from the South African team.

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Two weeks ago Mike and John left for Nepal and finally Ronnie and Andy’s turn has come around.  Before John flew to Kathmandu, he had this to say “I guess the show is on the road for John and me. It’s been a hectic few days and will be some relief to get on the plane to Nepal.

Thanks for all your inspiration and support during the lead-up and it’s been a privilege being associated with you. I think we’re going to make a really good team and look forward to hooking up in KTM.

I know you guys will be very busy in the workplace over the next two weeks – but vasbyt and don’t stress too much – the mountains beckon!!!”

It has certainly been a hectic and stressful 2 weeks, but the mountains do beckon and we’re on our way.

The first radio crossing with Nic Marais and KFM took place this morning at 07:45 am.

These crossings will take place from now on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at the same time.

Watch this space for updates!!

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Ronnie and Andy have now sent 70 kgs of gear by cargo to Kathmandu, but they are making sure that all their important items of equipment are travelling with them. 

They would be in dire straights if their down gear or boats happened to get lost somewhere en route to Nepal.

The team is extremely proud of their down suits.  Andy Baxter, the MD of CapeStorm has this to say: “CAPESTORM Yeti down suits, tailor-made to the individual requirements of each climber, are a work of art and a labour of love. Made from high tenacity windproof yet vapour permeable fabrics, and filled with high-loft goose down, these high altitude suits will cocoon the team members during their summit bid - fending off jet stream winds and biting cold temperatures as low as -40C.

Some interesting stats: Each suit comprises a complex labyrinth of 139 individual down-filled chambers, 5.5 metres of zipper chain, 13 zipper sliders, 7 metres of fabric, 6 pockets and 1.3Kg of down plumage.  The suits have an integral hood, zipper baffles to prevent heat loss, retro-reflective strips and an integrated fixture system to incorporate an oxygen supply. Each suit takes approximately 10 days to construct and assemble at our design centre in Cape Town and the final product weights around 2.9KG.

Yeti suits have been to the summit of Everest on 3 previous occasions.

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Mike and John flew out of Cape Town today for Kathmandu. They plan to do some trekking in the Langtang region of Nepal, with the view of doing some pre-expedition acclimatisation.

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After months of negotiations with Qatar Airlines, the team have been informed that they have each been granted an additional 15kg baggage allowance.  As each of the team members will be needing to transport approximately 60 kgs of personal gear, they have had to arrange for the balance of their load to be transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

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The South African team all met at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town for their final strategy and logistics meeting.  They spent a total of 4 hours intensely discussing equipment, communications, oxygen requirements, weather reporting, the media, food and the importance of working together as a team.  The meeting was highly productive.

The team then met with members of the press and other important sponsors and supporters of the expedition.  Andy Baxter, the CEO of Cape Storm, proudly handed over the downsuits which have been hand crafted for the members of the expedition.

The team will be involved with some unique medical research, where it is likely that they will be responsible for recording the highest ECG curves ever taken.  Their project has attracted international interest and the data will be scientifically analysed by Professor Bretz at Semmelweiss University in Budapest.  Dr Axel Brandt measured the cardiac stress index of each of the climbers and their ECG’s were also taken.  They have all been given the green light to “GO FOR IT!”

The climbers families and friends then joined the team for a very enjoyable lunch.  The team members are all psyched and are counting the days before they leave for the mountain.

For anyone who would like to contact the expedition you can email us on info@everestsa2007.co.za

Viport Event Recorder on Everest
The first steps in 2006
South African Everest Expedition 2007The Viport was used for the first time on Ronnie Muhl’s 2006 expedition to Everest. There were no technical problems experienced on this trip aimed at testing its suitability to high altitude and recording valuable climber data. A team of up to 10 climbers were measured regularly between 2350m and 7050m and their data later analysed.  It was found that the cardiac stress index (CSI) is a much more reliable source of information about the body’s acclimatization capability than heart rate. While the average team heart rate during their one-week stay at the 5200m base camp remained practically constant, the CSI dropped from 46% to 24% in this period. Another finding showed that the climber Thomas, who later died at the second step, had a 32% higher CSI and 17% higher heart rate than the team average at 3800m.  

What we will measure on Everest in 2007
The Event Recorder is a battery operated, real-time, 3-channel, resting ECG measuring and displaying device. The built-in high resolution screen shows the ECG curve during and after measurement, allowing zooming and freezing of the curve for ad-hoc analysis. After a two minute measurement, the device displays a heart portrait, providing - in a traffic light manner colour scheme - a one-glimpse picture of the state of the heart (pulse, arrhythmia, CSI).  The relevant ECG parameters like QRS, QT, arrhythmia indicators RR long, short, extra-systoles, plus Heart Rate Variability data CSI, RRSD are accessible too. The unit can store up to twenty sets of data before they are overwritten in a cyclic manner.  Once collected, the data will be downloaded via blue tooth or USB connection to a computer, from where they can be emailed to a cardiologist for a detailed evaluation. Higher up on the mountain, a manually written measurement protocol will enable the data to be stored for later analysis.

South African Everest Expedition 2007The data are taken in a resting state by putting the ER on the heart. As far as possible, two sets of data will be taken per day: morning and evening.  In the case of clear warning indicators, symbolized by red in the cardio-portrait, or indications of laboured breathing or other high altitude related problems, the doctor at Base Camp can ask specific questions regarding the ECG curve and data of the climber.  This may help to make the right decision in time in terms of continuing the climb or turning back. 

As these measurements are most likely the highest ECG curves ever taken, this project has acquired international interest already.  The data will be analysed scientifically by Prof. Dr Bretz at Semmelweis University, Budapest.

Contact Dr Axel Brandt, Spatech International  
tel/fax  (021) 4344732 cell (083) 6524981   info@spatechint.com     www.spatechint.com

South African Everest Expedition 2007
The Cape Times feature the expedition on page 3 of the newspaper and everyone comments on how happy we all look.  Our website goes live and we have over 100 hits in one day.  The excitement around the expedition is mounting day by day.

South African Everest Expedition 2007Three of the team members are photographed by the Cape Times and Ronnie Muhl is interviewed about the up and coming expedition.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
The expedition preparation is in full flight and the individual members continue with their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual preparedness.

Our food requirements are sent to Kathmandu and all those last minute items of equipment are purchased.  Steve Hector from Cape Storm has been working tirelessly on producing what is probably the best downsuit ever to be used on Mt. Everest.

As a team, we are very grateful for his efforts and for the contribution made by Cape Storm to our expedition.

Our negotiation with various sponsors continues.  Nic Marais from The Breakfast show of KFM Radio commits to doing three live crossings to the team on the mountain – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, during the initial phase of our climb and then every day when we begin our push to the summit.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
With only 3 months to go, the teams training is stepped up and everyone is starting to focus on leaving for Nepal.  Ronnie and Mike are working tirelessly at making sure that everything is in place.  You cannot afford to make mistakes on Everest.  Mistakes cost lives! 

Flights are booked on Qatar Airlines.  Mike and John leave on the 20th of March to do some pre-expedition acclimatisation and Ronnie and Andy leave on the 2nd of April.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
Deposits are paid across to Arun Treks and Expeditions (Pty) Ltd, so that climbing permits can be secured with the Tibetan Mountaineering Association.  The team decide on their oxygen requirements and bottles holding 1 000 litres of oxygen are ordered from Poisk, who are based in Russia.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
The team agree on using Arun Treks and Expeditions (Pty) Ltd to assist them with all of the logistical organisation that needs to take place in advance of any major expedition to the Himalayas.  They are based in Kathmandu and highly skilled in assisting teams to successfully summit Mt. Everest.

The team choose their high altitude sherpas, who are all multiple summiteers of Everest and extremely talented mountaineers.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
Ronnie Muhl, Mike Patterson and Andy van der Velde commit themselves to an expedition to the north side of Mt. Everest in April and May 2007 and they are later joined by John Brand, from East London.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
Mike Patterson is committed in going to Mt. Everest in 2007 and he, together with Ronnie Muhl, start communicating with various mountaineering, expedition and adventure companies to see how they can put a South African expedition together.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
Andy van der Velde, the managing director of Berco Logistics expresses huge interest in being part of the team.

South African Everest Expedition 2007
After Ronnie Muhl returned from Everest in June 2006, he was determined to return and climb those remaining 148 vertical metres to the summit.

Funding expeditions is always a huge challenge and so he starts investigating putting together a South African team to the north side of the mountain.

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