About Frikkie the Wild Dog

Frikkie is the 9th member of an intrepid Adventure Dynamics team currently preparing to climb Everest from the north face. He is determined to be the first African wild dog on the summit of Mount Everest and has requested that a photo journal records his progress to the top and his safe return. The journal will be auctioned along with Frikkie himself as part of Adventure Dynamics’ team objective to increase the awareness of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s fundraising efforts for their African wild dog research project in the Kruger National Park. Frikkie hopes to raise at least R500,000 as a contribution towards it. He has already spent a week acclimatizing in Kathmandu and is doing well, soaking up the local culture.
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Everest Team gathers in support of the Wild Dogs

The black tie function took place on Thursday the 30th September at the Rosebank Hyatt. Thanks to you, the event was sold out with 220 people. David OSullivan hosted the event and Vaughan De La Harpe, who initiated the event, helped, in all to raise approx R700 000 for the Kruger wild dogs project! Frikkie, …

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New date for Wild Dogs fund raiser

The fund raiser for the African Wild Dogs/EWT evening at the Rosebank Hyatt will be on 30 September 2010. Tickets are R500 per person aor R5 000 per table. Please let your friends and family know about this so we can get a full house – it is for a great cause and all proceeds …

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Drunk Wild Dog in Kathmandu

We weren’t exactly sad to see the end of Base Camp and actually looked forward to the harrowing 13-hour road trip to Kathmandu. In particular, Frikkie couldn’t contain his excitement and spent much of the journey with his head stuck out of the passenger seat window, agape. Additionally, there was the rugby to look forward …

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Frikkie reaches the top of Everest!

The summit with Vaughan at last! Well, there it is. More than 12 months ago, Frikkie decided that he would be the first Wild Dog to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and all his efforts were finally crowned with success on the morning of 24 May 2010 at 8:00 when he stood on top …

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Frikkie nears the summit

Frikkie contemplates yet another bowl of soup. All else being equal it seems as if the summit is within the team’s grasp, all the preparatory work having been done. Hopefully the summit will be ours on 24 May 2010 (the same day Sean and I summitted in 2006). It has been a long, hard slog …

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Frikkie meets donkey en route to summit

Frikkie meets Burro Maybe it was chemical but they never really got on – Frikkie and Burro, that is. Burro is a Mexican donkey (see above) also going for the summit of Everest without oxygen. The two of them literally bumped into each other in the streets of Zhangmu during the team’s recent R and …

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Frikkie reaches the North Col (7050 m)

Checking out Camp 2 from the North Col.   The last day at Base Camp before our second rotation was interesting to say the least. Everyone in the team (*or* so we thought) had taken a shower, knowing full well that we would not be able to do so for the next week *or* so. …

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Frikkie inspired by Jane Goodall

Frikkie was inspired by the answer given by Jane Goodall to a question posed to her in an interview in Time Magazine (yes, he does try to broaden his horizons by reading widely but does have the infuriating habit of moving his lips when he reads). The question was: “Do you think there is still …

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Frikkie heads for North Col

It is not easy living at 6,500m. The thin air plays havoc with the nasal cavaties and lips. Frikkie knows where I keep the Labello and when I go for that particular pocket he automatically puckers up. A good night”s rest is impossible as the body tries its best to adapt to the rarified atmosphere. …

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Frikkie disappears for a while

“Yum yum.” The other day at Interim Camp Frikkie disappeared for the morning, which was not unusual, but suspicions were aroused when he didn’t appear for lunch. The sound of lusty gnawing emanating from behind a cairn betrayed his position where he was enjoying the leg of some luckless antelope with noisy appreciation. We had …

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