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  Dhaulagiri 2006: Carlos Pauner, close to the summit!


7,800 METERS: Yesterday at 7 in the morning, Nepal time, three human beings stopped at this mythical mark, trying to take the best decision.  The cold was intense, the wind got stronger by the minute and the possibilities of reaching the summit, already in sight, vanished for moments.  We had fought hard to get to this point, but we understood that going up in these conditions was a decision that probably would cost our lives. Ricardo, Nacho and myself, finally, decided to go down to base camp, where we got a few hours later, destroyed, morally finished and with the physical sequels of our stay in high altitudes for some days.  The story is simple.  On day 1 we left to camp 2, climbing more than 1,700m in a few hours, with a titanic effort because of the heavy load we were carrying.  On the next morning, we unmounted this camp and we carried it on our backs, with the healthy intention of climbing almost 1,000 m and mount camp 3.  Dhaulagiri made us change our plans really quick.  At 1 in the afternoon, a especially cruel wind storm stopped us and left us frozen.  We had to mount a tent in the middle of the slope, in the middle of the blizzard, digging a little step, where we spent the afternoon sitting down, leaning on one another with our feet hanging in the void.  Hands completely frozen, shaking because of the cold, the interior full of snow and the permanent risk of being swept by the snow that fell for a lot of hours.  However, we could stand it and at midnight, despite not having rested, or hydrated, we departed upwards, until we got to those 7,800m.  All our will was to get to the summit, despite the immeasurable effort we had made.  At the end, the mountain imposed its law and today, here at base, we have our hands empty, with some fingers touched by the cold, with ripped throats and with illusions, for the moment, on the ground.  They had been very hard days, where we've given it all, but success has slipped through our fingers.  Now it's time to meditate, to heal the wounds, to value the situation and the damage.  We have responded very well in extreme altitude and despite the harshness of the path, we have know how to deal with all this.  The decision of quitting, without a doubt, has been of responsibility, especially taking in account that hours later the summit was surrounded by a terrible storm, which without a doubt would had swallowed us forever.  Now, we are going to rest and see how things develop.  Tomorrow we will take decisions.

Carlos Pauner 

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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