The Andalucia Everest Expedition will delay at least one day their ascent to
advanced base camp because of the snow.
Andalucia Base Camp.
Bad weather reigns over Base Camp. It was a very cold afternoon yesterday
and the night brought an intense snow fall that covered the multicolored
tents with a layer of three centimeters of snow. The landscape around is
totally white with some stone peeking through the thick blanket of snow. By
the morning there are still some snowflakes falling. At noon the snowfall
ceases and even for a couple of hours the temperature is nice, but soon a
strong, cold and nasty wind coming from the Rongbuk glacier settles in this
The strong wind gusts lift the snow, shake the tents and increase the cold
sensation. It is impossible to be outdoors without the shelter of the mess
tent or the individual tents. Nonetheless, the food made by the Sherpa cook
Yacare is very good and the Andalucians spend the day drinking abundant
liquids to fight the effects of mountain sickness, which so far is nothing
but light headaches. In a clearing, the Andalucians have seen the splendid
image of the North Face of Everest.
Today, Wednesday 19, the Sherpas had to hire a herd of yaks to carry all the
load to stock advanced base camp, however the members of the Andalucian team
decided to stay one more day at base camp because there is a lot of snow on
the road on the way to the intermediate and advanced camps and that can make
the march difficult and slow. The members of the Expedition have hired a
couple of vehicles for tomorrow (60 US dollars) to be taken to the Rongbuk
Monastery, which is 20 Km away for a ceremony of the lama monks to bless
those who will enter the great mountain.
Around the zone of our B. C. there are, among many others, a French and a
Korean expeditions, who have also delayed their approach to the advanced
camp. The group of Basque Jose Feijoo will also wait one more day for the
weather to improve to continue with their planned schedule. The news coming
from base camp is that the snow is knee deep and that the wind has destroyed
some tents belonging to other expeditions.
Andalucia Everest 2006 Expedition is sponsored by Consejería de Turismo,
Comercio y Deporte of the city of Andalucia, RTVA and the City of Sevilla as
main sponsors, besides The North Face, Nervión Plaza, Estadio Deportivo, La
Raza Group and Merkamueble.
A LITTLE SHOPPING CENTER AT 5,150 METERS
Just on the entrance of base camp there are around twenty canvas tents
belonging to Tibetans which this morning, despite the snowfall, were visited
by the expedition to kill time. They are managed by Tibetans and they are
place to have tea or to dine, buy tobacco, liquor, beer and sodas or even to
sleep. They sell the typical knives of the place, necklaces, bracelets,
fossils, and large belt buckles which the women wear around here. All
terrain vehicles can also be hired here or yak herds for porting and there
is a medical center. Some Tibetan women also go among the group of tents to
sell beer and sodas to the members of the expeditions. On the peak of the
climbing season on Everest, this is the highest shopping center of the
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