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  Carlos Pauner Nanga Parbat 2005: Summit


Update: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 SUMMIT IN NANGA PARBAT!

This morning the expedition of Carlos Pauner could reach the summit of the "naked goddess", of 8,125 m.  The left from camp IV around two in the morning to climb, after eight hours of hard ascent, to the summit of Nanga Parbat.

Besides Carlos Pauner, other people on the summit were Nacho Orviz, Martin Ramos, Miguel Angel Martinez, Ricardo Valencia, Jose Villalta and Raul Martinez, members of the team directed by Carlos.

Also on the summit were the French expedition, made by four climbers and four high altitude porters, and the team of "Al Filo de lo Imposible".  A total of 21 people, which is an absolute record for this summit.

Everybody is already at camp IV eating, hydrating and resting.  They decided to spend the night there and continue tomorrow with the descent to base camp.  For the moment, as the forecasts said, the weather is stable and it is planned to continue this way in the next hours.

Friday, July 22, 2005 SAFE AT BASE CAMP

Since yesterday we are safe at base camp, with the summit in our backpacks.  It is difficult to explain the feeling of plenitude we have in these moments.  Up there is the summit, on which we stepped upon a while ago.  We are very tired, but also happy.  It has been 5 days of supreme effort, to climb a little more each day, of suffering the long nights of hell, but at the end we did it.  Now is when we really enjoy what we've done.  So many days of wait and tension, that ended with success.  We, three men from Aragon have been on the summit of Nanga Parbat.  You can't ask for more.  Now, we live moments of crazyness.  Telephone calls, we are sending pictures, chronicles, you see, we have to tell about an adventure that concluded with success, when we still have the signs of altitude in our faces.  Sadly, the mountain has taken its toll.  Three of our teammates are hurt, with frostbite of diverse importance.  Now, we only think about evacuate them as soon as possible.  We hope to be soon at home to recover from the wounds.  Such is glory and misery in the Himalayas. Carlos Pauner

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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