morning we have let time slip by until the heat in the tent was not tolerable.
In fact we were already awake for some hours, but nobody made an effort to go
out, it was like when it is cold because the door is open and everybody knows,
but nobody gets up to close it... Yes, maybe it is not important for you, but
these last days in BC it was very usual... In fact, one of the few new words
we have learned in Nepalese is: Rogatun! Which means: "close the door".
Well, nobody wanted to go out
this morning, and until Haya had to go for a nature call, nobody had gone out
of his sleeping bag.
In the mountain you have to
know how to wait sometimes, and know how to spend the day without doing
nothing. The problem is that we are here in CII, with the summit of Everest
just 2,500 meters above our heads, and we see how it calls us up little by
little: COME UP, COME UP!!! But we can not acknowledge its call, we don't
have the strength or acclimatization needed yet... But we will, for sure, it
is only a matter of knowing how to wait.
Well, you possibly note that
this note is written somehow oddly... The explanation is that we are writing
this chronicle for the first time on a PDA, which you all know that means
Putrid Device for Alpinists.
No, it's not true, it is
great not to climb with a computer to CII. But when you are cold, all of you
inside your sleeping bag except your hands typing on the PDA, with a little
stick in the hand with which you click the virtual keys (because the other
options is to try to get this little device to recognize your handwriting, and
I think that is impossible, until someone proves me wrong), and you take all
afternoon trying to find tildes (needed to write in Spanish) in a gadget
smaller than a pack of cigarettes, there comes a moment when you forget what
the heck you want to tell, and the only thing in your mind is the little stick
and the key you want...
Well, after whining about
this wonderful gadget, lets go back to how the day went.
Finally, at 12:00 Haya and
Jorge have decided to walk to CIII. David, who had a sore throat, decided to
stay in the tent to recover.
Our stroll only took us to
the last tents of CII and then shoot some pictures about what waited for us up
to CIII, well, such a shame!!!
After the stroll we went back
down to our tent, and then we started a frenzy afternoon: get in the sack, eat
a little of this, drink a little more, turn in your sack... and, you see,
write this chronicle with a little stick!!!
But, since all good comes to
an end, this chronicles ends here... We hope to get used to the little stick
and hope the next one is more interesting...
If we don't, we will call
Endika and he will write it, because he did it well during the trekking...
Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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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