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First Ascent Sponsors 9000 Meter Challenge
Posted on January 21, 2010

Jantoon Reigersman recently set out on a journey “from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the world.” Beginning with a dive off the coast of Egypt and culminating with the summit of Mt. Everest, his challenge is to make the world’s first 9000-meter ascent.

By Jantoon Reigersman

The 9000 Meter Challenge
My goal is to be the first to cover 9000 vertical meters and reach two extremes: one at 152 meters (500 feet) below sea level and the other on top of Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, covering a total of 9000 vertical meters.

On December 16, 2009, I successfully made the dive to 152 meters in Dahab (Egypt) with two of the greatest deep dive explorers, Pim van der Horst and Simon Townsend. We chose Egypt because of more reliable weather, good water visibility, a shore dive was possible (less time needed in case of emergency), and there were good local facilities for conducting such a dive. There are actually very few places where you can have accessible dive sites for these depths!

Rigorous training in the Alps and abroad will prepare me for the “Big One” later in the year: Climbing Aconcagua (6962 meters), the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya; Cycling from sea level to 1300 meters in the Pyrenees; Cycling from Kathmandu at 1300 meters to Everest basecamp at 5200 meters. I’ll climb Everest via the North Route, which is technically slightly more difficult, but has fewer uncontrollable external hazards than the South Route.

Why 9000 Meter?
9000 Meter is a statement to the world how important biodiversity is for humanity. We hope to show people the wide range of biodiversity present in ocean, land and mountains within the 9000 vertical meter range. We aim to inspire young people to take action to explore their own world, learn about the importance of biodiversity, and take on the fight against global warming and environmental degradation.


Author: - Thursday, January 21st, 2010

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