39th day of the 10 Years of
Brazil on Everest Expedition
Camp 3 (7,300 m) / Camp 2 (6,400
Irivan and I are back to Camp
2, after having the worst moments of the expedition so far. The arrival to
spend the night in Camp 3 was what we usually call "roubada" in Brazilian
climbing, the more people climbed, there was more wind, snow and cold. The
last two hours above 7,000 m were hard to describe, we were completely frozen.
Relief was immense when we
found our tent around 14h00, by the edge of a precipice at 7,300 m of
altitude, which had been already mounted by Pemba, our high altitude porter,
before the blizzard started.
Irivan opened the tent and
jumped inside with crampons and all. I kicked the crampons away before I
entered and was surprised because it didn't look like there was so much snow
inside the tent when I was outside.
We closed the door, but the
snow was so fine that it continued to enter through the stitches and the
We couldn't sleep during the
night, the wind blew so hard on our tent, and it was also cold, our
thermometer read -18.2șC inside the tent and -27.2șC outside.
When the day broke by 5 in
the morning, it looked like we were inside an ice cave, clothes, sleeping bag,
everything was covered by a white film.
We waited for the sun to
shine on our tent, by 8h10, to exit. Outside the winter wind continued and
even with the sun it was impossible to stand the cold.
Tomorrow we will go down to
base camp. On the next days we will tell you the news with calm and we will
show you pictures.
A big hug.
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