Gonzalez-Rubio on the Summit K2
I AM LEAVING TO THE SUMMIT
Kangchenjunga Base Camp
Dear friends of Ecuador and the world.
We have a date, God willing, to get to the summit of Kangchenjunga. If
the conditions are still the same and the weather lets us, as it has so far,
we could be on the summit of this dear Kangchen on Monday, May 15.
We have had a meeting with Ralf, the chief of the international expedition,
and with Norbert Joos, the chief of the Swiss expedition, and they shared
the weather forecast that points as good days for the summit next Sunday 14
and Monday 15. For our part and our Basque friends, if we wanted to go on
Sunday the option would be to leave today from BC, but since our rest day
was planed including today, we have planed, God willing, this next Monday 15
for our summit day.
Ahead of us are Ralf's team and 5 expedition members.
Tomorrow, Friday 12, we will leave form BC, Basque and South American
together, directly to C2 at 6,800m and we will spend the night there. On
Saturday we will move from C2 to C3 at 7,250m where we will spend the next
night. On Sunday we will climb from C3 up to around 7,800m where we
will look for a safe place to install our tent in what will be our C4. On
that place we will spend our time resting, melting snow, hydrating, bearing
the lack of oxygen and then we will leave after midnight. We think it
will take us between ten and twelve hours from the last camp to the summit.
God willing, on Monday afternoon I may let you know that we got to the
summit of this great and precious mountain. I will count with your prayers
and good energy, that will make my backpack lighter and will give more
oxygen to my lungs.
With love from my Base Camp.
Iván Vallejo Ricaurte
Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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