23rd day of the 10 Years of
Brazil on Everest Expedition
Base Camp (5,400 m)
We will start climbing!
Dear Friends! Holding an
uncontrollable will to start climbing Everest once and for all, Irivan and I
are enjoying a nice day today finishing the installation of our base camp.
Everything is ready, our
kitchen (a bit barrack where Janak and his two aids work hard to cook), our
dinning room (another great barrack with a table for eight), our latrine
(feces are kept in a barrel to be later sent to a pit far from here), a
"shower tent" (which we have just installed and we have just used to take a
bath - we had to heat up water and put it in one of those camping showers),
and, of course, Irivan has a little barrack just for himself, and there is
another one just for me, where I divide the little space with the satellite
communications equipment, two notebooks, cameras, video cameras, etc.
Well, all this structure here
on base-camp is not just for Irivan and me, four Spanish and one Italian will
come later, we share the climbing permit for Everest, required by the
Government of Nepal, for which we had to pay 70 thousand dollars, which means
10 thousand for each one of us. Our agency in Katmandu could gather our
equipment, and we can imagine how the Spanish and Italian are, we will share
base-camp, but we will climb independently.
Now that Irivan and i are
ready, next early morning we will leave base camp to face for the first time
the Icefall, a passage between base camp (5,400 m) and Camp 1 (6,100m) which
is a real labyrinth of ice blocks that can tumble in any moment, that is why
this part is considered the most dangerous of all the climb, so it is better
to go there when everything is frozen, before the sun comes.
We have to stay in the
superior altitudes two or three days, it will depend on how we feel with the
thin air and how the weather behaves. In this first try we will take the
satellite phone, we have a lot to carry (barracks, food, fuel and diverse
equipment), because of all that weight a little patience, we will only send
news again when we are back in base camp.
We know that some expeditions
have already mounted Camp 2 (6,500 m), we will hope that weather continues
this good and that our progress is better.
Look at Irivan in the
picture, analyzing the Icefall, we crossed this place several times in 2002
when we climbed Lhotse (8,501m), in the picture you can note the colorful
prayer flags (there are mantras printed in them, the Sherpas say that when the
wind blows them, the sacred words are spread, protecting and blessing the
place, they are present around the entire base camp).
Below there is a detail of
the Icefall, where you can see a group of 10 people, reduced as black dots.
Next there is a general view of base camp this afternoon, where you can see
the barracks of other expeditions).
A big hug,
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