Tents (camp 1) North Col ©EverestNews.com
Friday, April 29, 2005 - The
tents are already in Camp 1 (7,000 meters) -
All our intention of today's
journey was to finally arrive to the North Col, and we have done it partially,
but the two Sherpas, Lhakpa and Migma, who have left ahead of us early in the
morning have arrived to the North Col and they have faced the strong wind that
made it hard to install the two tents they had planned and the other material
they have carried (shovels, gas tanks, rope...).
We, who were loaded, have
seen how the Sherpas have marched up with their rhythm while we marched more
slowly, the weather has changed and the sky is covered, there is a strong wind
and the snow that fell made the march harder even following the fixed lines on
the wall of the North Col. At two in the afternoon, conscious how much it was
left to climb, we decided to deposit the materials we were carrying, at 6,900
meters and return to Advanced Base Camp amid a strong wind.
We are very satisfied of the
work we did today, tomorrow we will rest and plan the march to install Camp 2.
A windy and cold hug from
Thursday, April 28, 2005 -
"Puja" at Advanced Base Camp -
Our second day at Advanced
Base Camp started with a magnificent sun that illuminated the ice of the wall
of the North Col, but even so it was really cold, the thermometer read -18ºC
outside our tent.
This morning has been
important, the ceremony of "Puja" was held, a ritual act when the "Sherpas"
build a little Shorten surrounded by typical flags of prayers and everyone who
has the intention to climb the mountain, including them, have placed their
piolets and crampons there because the ceremonial act signifies the blessing
of the gods.
We used the rest of the day,
during which the weather changed radically - it's been snowing for two hours
now - to prepare the materials and the stuff we want to carry to Camp 1,
located on the North Col at 7.000 meters.
Despite the altitude in which
the Advanced Base Camp is located, at almost 6,500 meters, we have some
"relative comforts" and if the acclimatization is good we hope we don't have
to turn back down to the Chinese Base Camp at 5,300 meters. Greetings and we
say goodbye while we hope it stops snowing.
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