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  Annapurna Dhaulagiri 2005: CLARIFICATION


Dhaulagiri's Base Camp

May 11, 2005

Dear friends:

Following some comments about the chronicles I've sent, I need to do the following clarification.

In the first place.  Regarding the Letters to Karma.  In any moment I have wanted to use the space of my chronicles of the expedition to extend my private life through them.  When I started to write the chronicle from Dhaulagiri in April 10, I explained with an introductory note that Letters to Karma would be ONLY A LITERARY RESOURCE, to narrate in a different way the day to day of my expeditions.

If you have been upset because of the way the chronicles have been written, with the clarification that it has just been a literary figure, then I apologize.

In second place.  Regarding the comment I did because of the events in Ecuador.  I know I am almost 25,000 Km away, with a difference of eleven hours and that what I've known is through the Internet and the comments of very close friends, in whose word I can rely upon, which, is true, couldn't give me a close vision of the events, but I think that the least I could do from here was to send a letter with my solidarity (with comments of which I am responsible), because I thought it was a lack of respect for my people and friends of Ecuador, to be in the Himalayas writing from here about blue sky, the whiteness of the snow and the shining stars, when difficult moments and bitter hours were taking place there.

In both cases I thank you very much for the comments you sent, and this clarification has a reason because I receive them with open arms.  

Waiting for the weather to improve to make our next attack to the summit, I send greetings from Base Camp.

Iván Vallejo Ricaurte.

EXPEDITIONEER

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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