Friday, May 13 "Meteo, meteo,
Hello everybody!! The truth
is that the word meteo is not widely used, or at least was not used before. I
think it is a heritage from our summer trips to the Alps, when in Chamonix we
approached the Maison de la Montagne, where there was a sign that read: Météo,
and under it, at 12 h and 19 h, they hanged a pair of sheets of paper that
explained the weather forecast...
What happens is that as time
passes we are mad as dogs, it's the consequence of being so many days in BC,
the "Weather Forecast" looks very long, so our thoughts spin around the "meteo",
and lately they spin around so much that they don't know where they have to
go, so we wait everyday for the meteo just in case, after reading it, our
immediate destiny is a little clearer...
For the moment we have it
clear, out immediate destiny passes through the Chillou, to write the
chronicle and wait for the report from Jordi Pons, but Endika has told us in
the guest book (yes, we accept it, we are hooked), that it won't arrive until
17 hours Nepal time, that is, in an hour and a half. Meanwhile we are with
the chronicle, preparing our backpacks just in case we decide to leave
tomorrow morning to CII, writing some message for the family and friends, and
trying to stand the endless wait...
We are not upset, that is not
true... Besides, as you saw yesterday, we had a very busy day with what we had
to do here in Base Camp. But we have been here a lot of days, we are looking
that the calendar is progressing day by day, and in theory, on the 26 we have
to leave here to be in time to take the flight at Lukla... But all this can
change, what can't change is the will we have to climb... and now it starts to
rain! Yes, yes! To rain, not to snow... this weather is a little crazy, but
We now have interesting news,
well, yesterday too, but today's news is a little more real (only a little).
This morning, Diego, the Italian, has confirmed what we suspected yesterday:
he is leaving to Katmandu.
He came down very depressed
from CII. He had been there three nights alone, with Lakpa, his Sherpa, and
he couldn't get to CIII. Besides he was not well physically, and he was tired
of waiting... this is his fourth expedition to an eight-thousand, and he is
tired of not getting to the summit, so he told us that he is turning around:
for him, the expedition is over...
This news left us a little
shocked. To see there are people who quit is always a symptom that Everest is
not a gift for anyone, that the ascent is really hard, but to see it from so
close, in one teammate with whom we shared Base Camp from the beginning, it is
always harder. Anyway, we are not quitting and we will wait for our moment.
That window of good weather shows every year, and this year doesn't have to
Besides, Diego's Sherpa,
Lakpa, has been left without work now, and all the Sherpas say he is one of
the strongest in BC. So, quickly, and knowing we had one less Sherpa, we went
to propose him to climb to the summit with us, and help us with carrying
things to CIV.
Some really bad thing
happened to me right now: I closed Word without saving, and I had been writing
for a long time. Now, the battery is low and I have to close to let it charge
a little. I'll continue later...
Well, it is later, so I
Today all our Sherpas came
down from CIV, Dawa in the morning, one of the Brazilians, and Nawang and
Pemba in the afternoon. Nawang came down very tired, and when we told him that
Lakpa was going to be with us from now on, he was very happy.
Now we have CIV all stocked
up and the only thing left... the only thing left is the usual, the meteo to
give us a green light...
Well, this afternoon we have
visited the website to read the guest book (we accept it, we are hooked on
it), we are not going to get hooked to chronicles, we write them... The other
day we read a long message from Toni from Fadisel, the company that gave us
the solar panels and station, and today we have read his girlfriend Aurelia...
the truth is that Toni's message was a reflection about the mountain world
that we really liked, and to see now that his girlfriend is also hooked is
good to us... Surely on the next expedition we will go to them again when we
We also read the messages
from Idoia, Lorpen, who besides giving us support, they are collaborating with
the socks we are using in the expedition, they cheer us up from the web to get
to the highest point.
Noël, who is hooked on every
website that has the word Everest on it, tell us he needs this chronicle as
methadone. Alfredo offered to pick us up with his car when we come down from
the summit, Hector is already animating the webpage with his interventions,
all the bunch of expeadicts that look like they used our absence to meet for
dinner, our girlfriends who are fighting for the Top Ten of all the entries in
the guest book and who cheer us up every moment, the family who are supporting
us like crazy, the friends that follow us, push us, support us, the strangers
that have come to the webpage and make us feel like old time friends... All
of you deserve that we climb up and that we get to the highest point, so easy,
we will do it...
But it won't be this time, we
will wait, if you let us, for the meteo to let us, and when it lets us we will
I know we are very
repetitive, that we tell you everyday, but for us the wait is becoming hard.
We know it will come, but we don't want to make you wait, we want you to see
this summit soon...
A hug for everybody! And
patience, we are all waiting for the moment on Everest...
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