Day: April 6 Flight
David and Jorge have left at 14:30h towards Katmandu. Besides the
unconditionals, girlfriends, relatives and friends who came to the airport,
the new Dean of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Juan Julián has come,
as well as the former Dean and the Vicerrector of Sports. The chairman of
Sports of the City of Valencia Cristóbal Grau and journalists of the different
local media have also come.
You could have seen a
teardrop or two, but above all, three happy faces.
As in every expedition and
after the hurry of the last days David, Jorge and Haya have finally breathed
when they took their seats on the plane, although they were puzzled because of
the empty seat next to them. Where was Endika?
Their worry went away when
they though of the big steak at Everest Steak House in Katmandu, where this
time they won't be able to finish their plate.
Tomorrow, Thursday, they will
arrive to Katmandu where a lot of work awaits them with the mandatory visit to
the Ministry of Tourism and the purchase of gas, oxygen, the generator and a
long etcetera of needed gadgets.
Translated from Spanish by
This is their second
expedition to Everest, this time via the South Face. They have already tried
the North Face in 2001. They will hire two Sherpas for the expedition.
· 1996 Bolivian
Andes, summit of Illimani, 6490 m and other 6.000 m. peaks.
· 1998 Cho-Oyu.
Jorge and Endika made it to the summit, 8.201 m. and David gave up just 700m.
from the summit.
· 2.000 Manaslu
(8.163m.), did not make it to the summit due to bad weather, first time in the
Himalayas for Haya.
· 2.001 Everest North
Face, Jorge reached the summit, 8.848m., David was 200m. down because of a
malfunction of the oxygen equipment, and Endika around 500 m. below.
· 2.002 David, Jorge
and Endika went to the Geographic North Pole after a trip of more than 20 days
over frozen ocean.
· 2003 defeated by
Nanga Parbat, just got to Camp II.
All the expeditions have been
sponsored by Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
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