In 1982 Bart Vos was one of the members of the unsuccessful Dutch expedition to Mount Everest. Two years later he returned on his own and became the first Dutchman to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain. He described his experiences in his highly praised first book, Himalaya-dagboek (Himalayan Diary, 1988). His second book Naar het sneeuwgebergte (To the Snow-Capped Mountains, 1992) recounts a number of climbs in New Guinea but is, above all, a gripping travel story. Both books were bestsellers.