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  Mt. Everest 2005: Valencia Playing cards


Sunday, MAY 1st BC, HOME SWEET HOME

Although we don't have a tub or bed here, or if we can't eat whatever we want by just going to the fridge to look for it, the comforts here in Base Camp make us feel like home, but we don't forget that we want to go back home.

Today it was a day... well, just that, a day, period, or do you want each day to have something special?... Well, not, this has been a totally bleak day, with nothing special...  NOT, we were just fooling around!  It has been an incredible day, very special, a lot of things happened and we are about to tell you...

This morning we woke up because of knocks on our tent, we didn't know what was happening, it was the Sirdar that was removing the accumulated snow on the tents, because it had snowed all night long, and it stopped until late in the morning...

This sensation has not been nice for us, to spend the morning inside because when we got out of the mess tent we became "white"... 

But not all has been bad, at least not for everybody, because Haya has been able to introduce among us the game of "liar" with the dice and domino...  Applause for Haya who finally did it, it took a month but we are here. 

The best of all was to explain the Italian and the Brazilians the rules of "liar", and see how they went from na´ve newbies to irreverent, with killer faces to intimidate us...

It was really good, because it kept us out of the Chillout from breakfast to dinner and it animated us a little in this gray day... 

A little before dinner, Diego, the Italian, left to Gorak Shep, the last lodge we visited, to rest comfortably in these days of bad weather.  We, who are cheap, stayed in Base Camp, waiting for the forecasts to go wrong and hoping we can wash some clothes, those are our worries today... 

David went into the kitchen to help our cook.

For the moment there is not much, after dinner we updated our reports and chronicles and here we are, ready to start another round of domino to relax...  Well, not everything has to be ice and ladders on Everest...

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

Dispatches

Millet One Sport Everest Boot  has made some minor changes by adding more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to -75░F Gore-Tex« Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads. Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid shell and built-in Gore-Tex« gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated collar.

Expedition footwear for mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold.  NOTE US SIZES LISTED. See more here.

A cold weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz Ľ 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura« upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated removable footbed/ Vibram« rubber rand See more here.

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

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