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  Mt. Everest 2005: Valencia BRAZIL COMES DOWN TO BC, WE'LL REACH THE SUMMIT TOGETHER!


Update: Hello all of you Expeadicts.  I am going to try to be brief, because Endika has to go to Salou this weekend, and he is waiting for the chronicle to go (please not what he does for us).

Today was a special day for our friends Waldemar and Irivan, because they were going to climb to CIV.  But they didn't see it feasible in the morning, the meteo we gave them yesterday via the walkie-talkie was not very good, and they didn't have much strength as the first time they went to CIII, so they decided to use this attempt for acclimatization enhancement and to go down to BC to wait with us for the next window, which is going to the good one, the true one, the big one, the "great window", all that and much more...

We were a little sad because we had a lot of illusion on this attack made by our teammates, it was like the confirmation that we could make it to the summit after them, but besides, after watching them come down so happy and convinced of the next attack, we have cheered them up, and we see ourselves, the five of us in the summit, shooting the group picture which we have dreamt about for more than a month...

Although it looks like a contradiction, the descend of Waldemar and Irivan lifted our spirits...  Yesterday we were a little pessimistic, checking the date of the flight back to Spain, watching our possibilities of dates for the summit, how hard it would be to go down to BC, to uninstall everything, prepare the barrels, take a chopper (we won't catch one if we have to walk to Lukla), get to Katmandu, prepare the air cargo, pick up everything in Katmandu and get on time for the flight to Spain... 

But today is a different day, and we see things from a more positive angle: tomorrow a couple of groups are going to attempt the summit, and by the North Face our friend Xavi from Esplugues and some other group...  This summit can move things a lot in Base Camp, and we are the first to be moved... 

For out part, some weather forecasts are saying that the monsoon is starting to take form...  No, don't panic!  It looks that, it takes a few days since it starts to take form until it moves north, and in those days the "jet" moves, the one carrying so much wind here because of the raise of the pressure in the south... Heck, I am getting so techie.

In summary, the monsoon takes form, the pressure raises in the south, this moves the jet and the lower pressures (bad weather rolls), and gives three or four days of stability in the zone...

So we are going to wait, we hope we don't wait too much... Easy, Expeadicts, we are being patient and at the end there has to be a reward.  Tomorrow will be another day, we will be very motivated, and we will start to check the meteo as last week, when we devoured more megabytes of meteo than what we did of the visitor book.

Now we have to leave you, you know, Endika's butt is hanging from the edge of his seat, wanting to place it in his new Viano Marco Polo (he bought it for something, heck), and he is forcing us with the deadlines... we are providers under pressure by the client... by the Expeadict clients, but today we are going to be on time... you will have your daily dose of chronicle!

By the way, Haya says he just came from the other Spanish expedition, that the president of the Community of Aragon, Marcelino Iglesias, has just sent us regards, and he ask for prudence... Of course we will have prudence!

He tells us that in Spain there are a lot of people updated about the situation this year in the Himalayas.  Are you, Expeadicts?  It looks like the weather in all the region is not favorable, and that there are some eight-thousands that won't have ascents this year.  In others which have a lot of visits, there are less than ten summits, and some are very dangerous.  In Manaslu, for example, an avalanche swept CII, and the members of the expedition had to quit because they lost materials...

This only reminds us the usual:  we are here in an environment that is greater than us and that we will only reach the summit if the mountain decides to accept us and leaves us a hole to ascend...

We have it clear, and the Expeadicts too, so we still have all the spirit of the world...

Thanks, Expeadicts!

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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