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  Carlos Pauner Mt. Everest 2005: CRUCIAL TIMES


Makalu, K2, Kangchenjunga Summiter Carlos Pauner returns to Everest to attempt without oxygen!

By Carlos Pauner

We are in the beginning of May and the decisive time for the expedition starts.  In these days we should do the final phase of acclimatization.  After this period we only have to be prepared for the final attack.  So we have to do everything with much care.

It has snowed lightly these days.  Curiously is has barely been windy.  I've never seen something like this.  When the winds blow on the summits of the Himalayas they always blow and blow without stopping.  It has not been like that this time.  Maybe they are accumulating to unleash later with all their intensity.  I hope it won't be like that.  For the next days we hope to get a light weather improvement.  At least, it seems that it will stop snowing.  The idea for these days is to leave to camp 2, at 6,400 m., sleep there again, and install camp 3 at 7,200 m on the next day, sleep up there and, I, in my personal plan without oxygen, will try to go up that night to get close to 8,000.  That way, I think that the stimulation for the acclimatization will be more than enough and next night I pass this place will be to attempt the summit.  After these hard days, a long rest should come and probably even I will leave base camp to go down to lower lands for a few days to recover my throat, which without a doubt will suffer in this excursion.  I think that there is little to do when the throat complains, it only stops doing it when you are back to the lowlands of Katmandu.  Anyway.  Except for this troubles, our health is fine.  Dr. Morandeira from the Clinical Hospital, and our nurse Manolo Vazquez, from Royo Villanova, prepared a nice first aid kit, which we have only have to use so far for our cough and some antibiotics.  That's good.

We want to go out and do all this process of altitude, because this way we will be closer to the end, to be able to go out to fight with all our strength in the highest point.  I dream to be back from those high altitude climbs, resting down here and waiting for that window of good weather to mark the definitive battle.

For the moment, it is snowing right now and it is time to dream about other places, to be homesick thinking about dinners with friends in El Patio or La Mandrágora, in Taberna Azoque, or in any other place of our city.  Of virtually breath the cold air of Moncayo or the Ibérico, walking without a rush or compromise.  Of feeling the force of the wind on my hands on a plane, flying over Pyrenean lands (by the way, regards to my friends of the Aeroclub).  Well, to remember so many people and situations, which I've left behind and that now in this place are necessary images to stay alive.  I am calm.  I am convinced of what I can and have to do.  I am sure and thankful of the unconditional support of the Government of Aragon, who has trusted my criterion and has been able to transmit tranquility, warmness and friendship.  Definitively, I am here calm, sure about myself, happy with my memories, proud of my family and waiting, patiently, those days of high altitude mountain that are about to come real soon.

Thank all of you who follow this adventure. 

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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