From a modest analysis I have
come to the conclusion that the consequences of a tantrum, being this earthly
or ethereal, should normally bring more misfortunes than good. But, since any
exception confirms the rule, when the tantrum is a synonymous of tenacity and
there is no involvement of the lack of objectivity or dignity, of the goal
which you are fighting for, that tantrum in particular leads you to venture.
From this wide sea of
possibilities, each one of us could count thousands of cases that exemplify
our own tantrums or the ones from others: from our children, from our boss
(thank God I don't have one), from our tastes and from love, of course, that
sometimes make us pay the consequences very high. The variety of kinds of
tantrums is wide and abundant. But in this occasion I would like to refer to
the natural tantrums or to say it better, the ones from nature.
You see, the other day I
announced that I was leaving for the summit. And, in fact, I prepared my
things and left the backpack ready according to the weather forecast we had
received. In the early morning of Tuesday the 12th, my teammates and I left
from BC but we couldn't even get to C1 which is just at 4,800 m of altitude.
We had to turn around aborting the attack to the summit.
You will ask: what was the
In fact, a tantrum. From
nature in this case, which, with these unexpected changes in the clouds and
the wind broke all the predictions and made us change our plans. We had to
remain in BC for five more days waiting for a new forecast that would promise
good conditions. And during this wait, the other afternoon, nature gave us a
new tantrum: a little after lunch, when I was calmly taking a nap in my tent,
suddenly a very hard rain began to pour with such magnitude that Muslims and
Christians thought that heaven would fall in pieces with Allah and God
included. If Abraracurcix, the Gallic friend from the village of Asterix,
would have been in base camp, he would have swore that "the sky was falling on
our heads". But unexpectedly, while the roof of my tent suffered the hits of
the bit drops, on the other side of the camp the big and warm sun shined on
the daughters of the rain. From that marriage a rainbow was formed, big and
beautiful, the biggest I have ever seen in my life. What a beautiful
afternoon we had on our base camp! The tents of bright colors shining above
the green and immense prairie, the rain wetting it all and the sun warming it
all. In the background, an immense rainbow opening wide like the entrance
gate to the Naked Mountain of Diamir.
IVAN VALLEJO RICAURTE
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