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Mountaineer embarks on final Mt. Everest ascent

May 19, 2009

Danish mountaineer Mogens Jensen has left Mt. Everest “Base Camp” and is now headed toward Camp 2 which stands at 6,500 metres above sea level. If successful, Mogens Jensen will reach the top of Mt. Everest on 23 May.

The temperature at that altitude is minus 20 degrees Celcius and wind conditions are favourable, making it highly likely that Jensen will succeed in his expedition.

On 18 May Mogens Jensen wrote in his weblog:

“Early tomorrow morning I will set off for Camp 2 and start the summit attempt still scheduled to be 23 May. I will need all the positive thoughts and energy you could possibly provide me with”.

If the expedition goes as planned, Mogens Jensen’s arrival at the top will coincide with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s 2-day visit to Copenhagen.

Mogens Jensen has decided to bring a UN flag and the Human Rights Declaration to the summit of Mt. Everest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Declaration and highlight the importance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which include halving poverty by 2015.

Jensen, who suffers from asthma, rose to international fame in 2006 when he attempted to reach Mt. Everest without using an oxygen mask. He had to stop 350 metres from the top. The following year, Jensen succeeded – with an oxygen mask from 7,500 metres.
Contact InformationMore information and comments: Mogens Jensen cell phone +45l 2762 3267 or mail ironmandk@hotmail.com or Henrik Kastoft,communication officer at UNDP liaison office in Copenhagen, Denmark, phone +45 3546 7154 or mail henrik.kastoft@undp.org