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  Everest 2006: ANDALUCIA EVEREST EXPEDITION: ONCE MORE AT ADVANCED BASE CAMP


In the next two days they will install the tents in the first high altitude camp

The Andalucian climbers of Andalucia Everest Expedition are back at Advanced Base Camp (6,450m).  It has been seven days since they left this altitude and there they met Spanish adventure friends like Carlos Garranzo from Cartagena and the Basque group of José Feijoo, who will go down tomorrow to Base Camp to rest.

The plan is not going well at all and some delay days are being accumulated.  Practically any expedition has made it to camp 1, which delays the plan even more and the possibilities of summit get dispersed.  In the next days, Huisa and Lopez will try to get to the first high altitude camp and install their tents and get to camp 2 as soon as possible to equip it.

There are two possibilities for the Andalucian climbers: the first is to get to camp 1 and go down to recover to base with two days of delay and added effort.  The second is to stay at an altitude no lower than Advanced until the summit attempt days which means a negative wear.  The situation is getting complicated and the choice for the climbers is not easy. 

Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro Lopez had an accidented ascent the previous day to the intermediate camp, with the delay of a porter and the surprise of occupied tents because of the agency disorganization, so rest and moral were also hit. 

Inconveniences to surpass

In the last days, unplanned problems have piled up.  Little anomalies that distract the attention and concentration, a very important part of the feat.  The spirit of the two Andalucians has suffered a little in front of such a challenge.  The decision is not easy, anyone of the two options to take is negative.  But the mountain is like that, makes you surpass the inconveniences, beyond the form of the terrain.  Huisa and Lopez have demonstrated in more than one occasion that they are made of the right stuff to make it.  Time gets short and the goal is harder.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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