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  NEW YEAR GREETINGS: From Ivan Vallejo Ricaurte 


NEW YEAR GREETINGS

Dear friends of Ecuador and the world:

From Quito – Ecuador,  I write to thank you all for your support, the company and the encouragement I have received from you this year, with my project, DESAFIO 14 (Challenge 14).

By the end of this 2006 the balance is highly positive, with the addition of a very important achievement: the summit of Kangchenjunga (8,586m), and also with a setback: the attempt of the summit of Dhaulagiri.

Having reached the summit of Kangchenjunga in the conditions I did it leaves a very sweet taste of gratitude with God and with life.  I reached that summit on the third attempt.  When all my teammates decided to leave the mountain I bet once more and I made it.  The gift was great and precious: one of the highest summits in the world, beautifully ready for both of us, insignificant human beings (with my teammate Joao García), who got there tired, wasted but immensely happy.  Under our feet there was only the mountains, clouds and a very wide horizon.  Above us only the impeccable blue and quite sky which saw us from above.

What a magnificent gift!

Then Dhaulagiri came, complicated again, dangerous and difficult; which made me postpone my dream of getting to its highest point. But I came down in one piece and with the same spirit of continuing with the project, next 2007.  Kangchenjunga itself made me see that I should never give up, not even on the second attempt, so that is why I will achieve the pending objective of the summit of that mountain on 2008.

The particular lesson of Chaula is also very valuable: It didn’t matter that I got to that mountain with twelve eight-thousands on my back; that was a guarantee of my knowledge, of course, but the HUMBLENESS I had to gather to accept that I should quit is now the most important value to conclude this year that has been abundant in ACHIEVEMENTS AND GOOD LESSONS.

Thanks a lot again:

Because you were with me

Because of the prayers you made

Because of the good vibrations you sent to the Cosmos

Because you also made the summit of Kangchenjunga your own

And because you expressed solidarity with my on my Dhaulagiri setback.

I wish you a year 2007 with a lot of health.  Let’s not lack enthusiasm for every thing we make, that we always have time to laugh and room for sense of humor, and that we don’t lack work. 

With my affection, 

Iván Vallejo Ricaurte 

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

 

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