It struck me as two of my adventurers head home. Jaco Ottink, who has just summited Everest and Gareth Andrews who has just crossed the Greenland Ice shelf unsupported. It brings me back to observations about what makes them who they are and achieve what it is they want to achieve.
On Friday 13th at 9:20am Jaco Ottink stood on top of the world on the summit of Everest at 8848m, what an amazing feat, this is the final of Jaco’s quest for the seven summits. Here is the final wrap up and photo’s from Jaco, written in the words of Daan:
Final pictorial report from Gareth Andrews, Joe’s Basecamps intrepid polar adventurer. We are all very happy and very proud of Gareths awesome achievement. Glad we could help contribute in such a fantastic adventure.
Day 22 – WEST COAST MOUNTAINS! Just peeping over horizon, a very welcome sight and a real boost for the team. Woke to freezing temperatures a real bonus Ice sheet completely frozen, we were like ducklings on a frozen pond, skis arms legs poles going everywhere very amusing. Slushy snow but holding together Saw the ice […]
Day 21 – The final chapter, entering what should be our final week on ice sheet, we’ll find out if we’re going to make it across and whether I should have Brought a snorkel instead of crampons, We’re at 1600m and snow slushy rained yesterday hasn’t dropped below freezing in 2 days. The storms were incredible […]
Day 16 – met a Norwegian team going from Kangerlussuaq to Isortoq on East Coast, gave us some info on conditions on west coast, warm and wet, not great news. We might have to swim the last part. Great day 33km all the lads putting in a huge effort to make the distance. Beautiful icy fog […]
Jaco after all his training at Joe’s Basecamp is now getting high on the Everest as he acclimatizes ready for his summit push. Read the next thrilling installment:
Day 12 – 23km and 2300m, a great day. The same cold northwesterly wind but clear skies and good snow. We should reach the highest point of the ice sheet In 2 days then we’ll start to lose altitude again as we head for West Coast. All well, great team spirit. Off to fix my bindings […]
Check out The Basecamp this weekend, Saturday 7th May at our Open Day, 8 am – 1pm. This is where Top 20 women’s tennis player, Madison Keys, trained when she came to the Sydney Open. This where ordinary people train for extraordinary things: 2 of our Basecamp members are out on expeditions now: Jaco Ottink […]
The latest news of Jaco Ottink via his wife Daan, as he climbs Everest, the highest peak on earth and completes his 7 summits.