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Ascent of Shishapangma’s (8046m) central summit

Photo: Johan Visschedijk

in Tibet without supplementary oxygen.

1999 Dutch Peru Expedition. Various extreme ascents to


1999 Training in Finland in preparation for the Antarctica

2000 expedition.

2000 Training on Greenland’s ice cap in preparation for Wilco van Rooijen
Born : 25 November 1967
2000 The Embrun Triathlon (reputed the world’s hardest) In : de Meern (near Utrecht), the Netherlands
in the South of France, followed by the Holland Education : Higher secondary education, two years Elec-
Almere Triathlon. trical Engineering at Eindhoven University of
2000 Origin South Pole Expedition. Wilco and Marc Cor- Occupation : Professional adventurer whose motto is
nelissen are the first Dutch to reach the South Pole ‘Business is your Adventure, Adventure is my
after also having reached the North Pole. A mammoth Business’©
return journey over a distance of 2300km.
Decoration : Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau
2002 Eneco Everest expedition. A unique two-man effort Other : Ambassador for Right To Play and Respect
by Hans van der Meulen and Wilco van Rooijen, the Mountains
without sherpas and without supplementary oxygen. In the summer of 2008 the Norit K2 Expedition, led by Wilco van Rooijen, climbed the 8611 Websites :
Hans summits. Wilco does not summit due to bad Publications : Book and DVD Puur presteren
weather and storm. metre high K2 in Pakistan, without supplementary oxygen. The descent witnessed one of the Book and DVD Naar nieuwe hoogte
2004 Friesche Vlag Breaker Everest 2004 expedition. worst tragedies in recent climbing history. On average one in four of those who summit dies
Wilco initiates a new expedition and takes on the on the killer mountain. Wilco van Rooijen’s mountaineering experience
challenge with four climbers. On 20 May 2004
Wilco and Sherpa Dawa Gel summit Mount Everest 1985 First independent alpine climbs in the Alps.
without supplementary oxygen.
In 2008, while the world held its breath, from CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky News to Dutch TV News,
1986/87 Mountaineering courses in rock and ice, from begin-
2004 Wilco is appointed Knight of the Order of Orange no less than 11 climbers succumbed. ners to advanced.
1988/89 Certified mountaineering instructor, A and B training
2005 Wilco climbs Mera Peak (6476m) in Nepal with his courses.
company ‘NaarNieuweHoogte Expedition Travel’. For three days Wilco van Rooijen was reported missing; and the outside world had all but
given up hope of ever seeing him alive again. But at the end of his strength, he successfully 1990/92 M
 ultiple winter and north face climbs including the
2006 International double header BP-K2 expedition. An Grandes Jorasses North Face, Matterhorn North Face
expedition with the goal of climbing two mountains returned from the death zone. The Dutch Norit K2 Expedition ultimately paid a high price. and Droite North Face.
over 8000 metres as part of one international team.
What exactly happened on that first day of August 2008? Could the drama have been avoided?
1992/93 Trans-Africa Overland Expedition 4x4: Utrecht-Cape
2007 As part of the ‘7 summits’ in 2007 Wilco climbs: Town (35,000km), and ascent of Mount Kenya via the
• Aconcagua (6962m), the highest mountain in ‘Diamond couloir’.
South America Through a gripping and raw style of writing Wilco van Rooijen has told a compelling and
• Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), the highest mountain 1993 Spring : ascent of the Diamond couloir of Mount
in Africa revealing story. Surviving K2 is an epic.
Kenya in Africa
• Mount Elbrus (5642m), the highest mountain in Summer : ascent of the Eiger North Face in Switzer-
Europe land
• Mount McKinley (6194m), the highest mountain in Wilco van Rooijen (41) is one of few professional Dutch adventurers. He has climbed the
North America 1994 Alpine climb of Lobuche Peak (6000m) in Nepal.
highest summits, from the Alps to the Himalayas. And was the first to reach the three poles
2008 Norit K2 expedition. A new attempt under Wilco’s on his own efforts; the geographic North and South poles and the highest; Mount Everest, 1995  scent of K2 (8611m): Seven up K2 Expedition – Wilco
leadership of the Norit K2 eight-man team to climb van Rooijen is severely injured by falling rocks, and
the ‘killer mountain’. The ascent is successful. Four without supplementary oxygen! forced to retreat.
climbers make it to the summit without supple- ISBN 978-9089270467
mentary oxygen. But during the descent the team is 1996 Namibia Camel Adventure expedition (in search of the
struck by disaster. ‘Himba’ people).

1997 Nomad North Pole Expedition. First Dutchmen to

For a complete overview of Van Rooijen’s mountain, pole and reach the geographic North Pole after a 70-day jour-
desert expeditions visit website ney of 1100km.

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