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  Mt. Everest 2005: Waldemar Niclevicz: "Window", is there still hope?


Photo © Waldemar Niclevicz

 

05/24/2005

64th day of the 10 Years of Brazil on Everest Expedition

Base Camp (5,400m).

Dear Friends!

Finally we have information about the movement of the monsoon, humid winds that blow from the Bengali Gulf to the north, bringing abundant rain and causing floods in the Indian peninsula, many times causing thousands of deaths.

On the other hand, the summer monsoon is the big hope of alpinists to climb Everest.  Its propagation to the north ends moving a big mass of high pressure in its front, a phenomena that takes a "window of good weather" to the region of Everest, generally 3 to 4 days, but that can last up to two weeks, when the winds calm and the sky is dry and deep blue, before all the environment is hit by the storms of the monsoon.

According to the statistics of the Indian Meteorology Department - IMD, the monsoon starts its move over the Indian continent generally on June 1st, having a variation no more than seven days, but the are exceptions.  In the last 50 years, the earliest monsoon started on May 14, in 1960, and the latest started on June 18, 1972.

For this year, the IMD is forecasting the start of the movement of the monsoon over Indian territory for June 7, with an error of 3 days more or less.  From the moment that the monsoon starts its movement over India, it generally takes 12 to 15 days to affect the region of Everest and cause the "window of good weather", so we can conclude that this year the window will maybe occur just after June 18, a very late date for climbers, because the climbing permit given by the Government of Nepal is due on June 1st.

Because of the really atypical weather in this season, most of the expeditions will ask the Government of Nepal for a time extension for the climbing permit, extended to June 5, a date in which the SPCC (Sagarmatha Pollution Committee Control) starts to unmount the ladders and ropes on the Icefall.  So... we have to go now!

Well, today we got news from www.everestnews.com that the monsoon should arrive to the region of Everest on June 7th, and that just a week earlier, from June 1st to 7th, the window of good weather should happen.  I hope that's true!

We continue here, as patient as a Buddhist monk, waiting for the "window" to arrive and that the intensity of the wind diminishes, and, of course, counting with your support.

Today's beautiful picture was shot by Irivan in our previous climb, I am there entering the Valley of Silence, with the impressive Everest (to the left) and Lhotse (to the right).

A big hug,

Waldemar Niclevicz

Translated from Portuguese by Jorge Rivera

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