Yesterday was a good day, and
today can't envy anything to yesterday. We could setup a lot of gadgets that
make our life easier at BC, and to finish the day the best way possible, after
sending the chronicle we saw the messages you leave on the web... What a joy!
Really, you can't imagine how it lifts our spirits to see that people follows
the web day by day... although they use it just for a dinner date next
weekend... of course, how can you leave us out! But at least we hope that
when the days of the summit get closer you can ask a little about us.
Today has also been good, now
we are in the mess tent, David working with the data we have taken so far, me
writing this chronicle, and listening to "Vaya con Dios". I have just taken a
shower which I really needed, and now we are going to check the installation
of the solar energy.
As we said yesterday, this
year we plan to work with solar energy, which is not scarce here precisely,
because even in cloudy days the batteries are charged perfectly.
Since we got here there has
not been a totally sunny day, it always ends getting cloudy, and that is a
shame, because it is OK to be under the sun, but has anybody heard the
expression "to be good under a cloud"? But no, really, here is just the
same. We have also a lot of wind, not here in BC, but the Brazilians say that
in Camp I it is really strong, and also from there upwards. This year has
been really dry and windy, so there is not much snow, but that can't be bad,
being dry can be good, and we have to wait for a day with not much wind to get
to the summit... But let's not think ahead...
Back to the topic of solar
energy, this year we asked Héctor if it could be possible to provide the high
altitude camps with solar energy with some light system... And well, most of
you know Héctor. When we returned from Nanga we asked him to write a song for
the DVD's soundtrack and he wrote is partially. And that's it: he looked for
options, he contacted Toni from Fadisel, in Barcelona, and the two of them
updated us about solar energy, and really, we are glad so far.
Let me explain roughly how it
We have solar panels of fifty
centimeters by fifty centimeters, connected in parallel to a solar station,
"the crown jewel". To this station we also connected in parallel a few gel
batteries, which will be used as energy accumulators, and finally from the
solar station some 12 V car lighter outlets and a regular 220 V outlet, so we
have all our needs covered... well, not really, only the energy needs, there
are certain needs that will take some time to be covered, but that's another
Well, back to the topic of
the mountain, let's not forget that that's why we are here, we have been
infected by the irreverent optimism of our Brazilian friends (they were not
girls, but at least they are optimistic, they have something good), who have
climbed to Camp II, and they want to summit as soon as possible. We also
think that it could be a good strategy, especially knowing that there are more
than 200 climbers who want to go to the summit, and that could be a problem in
Hillary's Step's bottleneck.
So this morning our Sherpas
have carried some materials to Camp I, and tomorrow we will probably spend the
night there. It's been said that most of the people don't use Camp I, there
are just 3 hours to Camp II, and Camp II is roomier, has melted water and
little wind...! Heck, even a fool can see it, there are a lot of advantages!
And this month, if you stay in Camp II the installation if for free!!!
Well, it was explained to us
like that and it looked nice and everything, and tomorrow we are going up, to
finally start climbing Everest finally, who has been waiting for us for a long
We will try to record the key
passages of the Khumbu Icefall, to shoot pictures, even to comment the most
interesting plays, but you will have to wait for the pictures until we come
back down, because we will not take the data phone up there.
Well expeadictos, we are
going to bed. Right now it is snowing heavily outside the tent. Let's hope
that at 4 in the morning it has stopped and it lets us leave to Camp I...
You will know tomorrow,
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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