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Special 7summits newsletter: The Sight On Everest 2006 Expedition

Sight On Everest, the climb for Vision in Nepal

Hi all you (armchair) mountaineers!
Later this week we will send out a regular newsletter with new 7summits.com expedition dates and prices,
but now we would like to ask your attention for a very special climb, hope you will support the team!
(This pressrelease can also be found online at http://SightOnEverest.com/pressrelease1.php)

Blind to the top of the world!

Harry Kikstra will guide a blind climber on Mt Everest, producing a unique documentary and raising funds for charity

What is the plan?

Dutch adventurer Harry Kikstra will face a unique and dangerous challenge: he will try to guide german Thomas Weber to the summit of Mount Everest. The highest mountain in the world is dangerous for everybody, but in this case there is an additional challenge:

Thomas suffers from a rare eye disorder: when he climbs higher, he loses vision. It is expected that he will be practically blind from Basecamp upwards. It would be the first time in history that a blind climber summits Everest from Tibet.

Eradicating Blindness in Nepal & The Himalayas

The climbers want to use this expedition to raise funds for the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organisation (started by American '7 summits' climber Geoff Tabin) that is focused on eradicating curable blindness in the Himalayas.
For less than $20 per patient they perform cataract surgeries, with a new life - with sight- as a result.
The team would like to ask everybody to support this organisation by an online donation, spreading this information and linking to the www.SightOnEverest.com site. 100% of the donations go directly to the charity.

Please click the button to make a secure online donation using Credit Card/ Paypal right now:


The climb will be filmed by 2 professional filmmakers: Kevin Augello & Milan Collin. They will climb up to 7000m, Harry will film the final part of the climb himself. During the expedition the team will already sent out reports and movies, afterwards a full documentary will be produced.
The team and the documentary can be sponsored as well, contact the team for possibilities.

Weblog & Podcasts

Updates & podcasts will be placed online, live from Everest: images, conversations & videos. They can be followed on the expedition blog, which can be syndicated to other sites and printed media using free RSS feeds.

Practical information:

  • Planning: departure end of March, climb from 10th April - 10th June
  • Ascent of the 8850m high Mt Everest from the difficult Tibetan side
  • Part of the larger 7summits.com / 7summits-club Everest expedition (30 climbers & 40 staff!)

Harry Kikstra

This is his 3rd expedition to Mt Everest, in June 2005 he summited the mountain, being the 10th Dutchman to do so. Recently he ascended Mt Vinson in Antarctica, becoming the 3rd Dutch person ever to have climbed all 7 summits: the highest mountain of all continents. His very popular website www.7summits.com is known all over the world. Harry is a full-time adventurer, writes articles and books and gives lectures & presentations on request.
The SightOnEverest expedition team is sponsored by:


For more information, fotographs, interviews or (team)sponsor-, exposure & media-opportunities, please contact Harry Kikstra via info@sightoneverest.com. Please help the fundraising by forwarding this pressrelease or posting it on other websites. You can also link to the website, see the banners on the Sponsor page.













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Keep climbing,
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