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Update May 20th:
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2005 - WE ARE IN
THE CHINESE BASE CAMP
"We haven't had time to
assimilate all the events of the last three days, we have it very clear that
the objective is to accelerate the return to Katmandu the most we can, and
even more because of the state of Xavi. So we went down to the Chinese Base
Camp this morning, we had already prepared all the material there was in
Advanced Base Camp this morning, so that it arrives to Katmandu in the next
days. For us the top priority is to guarantee Xavi's descent, who is not able
to walk in this conditions. the solution was found in three fantastic Tibetan
porters that carry him in a stretcher by turns during all the descent. We
have to add that the trail that is usually done in 4 to 5 hours has taken more
than 8, luckily at the end we are all in the tents of the Chinese Base Camp.
Now we will try to make the return to Katmandu by Jeeps, planned for the
24th, a day earlier.
Good night from the warmer
Chinese Base Camp.
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2005 -
SUMMIT ATTEMPT -
The decision of the
Esplugesaleverest Expedition was to take advantage, if possible, of the good
weather on the last attempt; Xavi Arias was the one to attempt the final
attack with two Sherpas.
Albert Carbonell and Merce
Vidal remained in Base Camp, while Agusti climbed towards Camp II.
At 20:00h our time yesterday,
May 22, Xavi left Camp III (8,400m) to attempt the final attack.
At 3:00h of the morning we
got notice that he turned around at 8,500m because there was bad weather and
had some problems with his feet, and while he was going down to Camp III, he
had an injury in an ankle, and that made the descent very slow.
Around 19:00h our time, the
four of them were in Base Camp, they were sad for not achieving the objective
of the expedition, but happy for their personal achievements.
If all goes well, the return
of the expedition will be on May 28 at 03:00h in l'Aeroport del Prat.
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