everybody, I suppose you are all totally recovered after the long weekend that
pushed you away from us...
This morning our Sherpas have
left Base Camp towards Camp II, with the plan to sleep there to install Camp
IV tomorrow, if the weather permits. But when they got to Camp I they had to
help other climbers and Sherpas to dig out some tents that have been buried by
an avalanche that fell at 5:30 h in the morning.
It looks like everybody was
sleeping calmly in Camp I when an avalanche coming from the slopes of Everest
that are close to Camp I has reached a big number of tents...
The first news we had came
from the Iranian Sherpas, a neighboring camp. It looks like 10 members of the
Iranian team were sleeping in Camp I, but their tents are far away from the
rest. When the heard the noise and felt the tremor of the avalanche they left
their tents (at that hour there is light that lets you see clearly), and they
went to help the climbers buried in their tents. Most of them could get out
by their own means, except for a couple that had contusions of diverse
gravity, so they needed help.
The Iranian group, leaded by
the physician of the expedition, after having evaluated the wounded, have
decided to continue their way to Camp II:
At that hour, numerous
Sherpas and climbers finished the "unburying" tasks and search for the
wounded, and have helped the most damaged to go down to Base Camp. The last
ones arrived by the middle of the afternoon.
By the morning and some
minutes after we knew about the event, a Nepalese member of a national
expedition went among the different camps with the intention to count the
climbers that have spent the night in Camp I.
We were talking with the
Sherpas that, when they come down from Camp IV they should unmount Camp I,
because we only had one tent there and a little food, but the proximity to
Camp II (2 hours up and one down), and to Base Camp (3 hours up and 2 down)
make that camp an intermediate point that we only need in the first climb, to
spend one night and get acclimatization in its 6,100 meters, before going up
to Camp II.
Besides that, the day in Base
Camp has gone with much normality. David and Haya have used the morning to do
material tests and I have gone with Irivan to the Russian Helicopter that
crashed in 2003 to watch it and to try to pick some interesting pieces.
Irivan, as an engineer in
love with machines, and me, crazy about helicopters, could not let the
opportunity pass to get close to see the machine. At the end we got what we
wanted, and we have gone back happy to Base Camp.
Now, after lunch, a nap and
reading for a while, we write the chronicle and we wait for the cook to call
us for dinner because, like Endika would say, "we are all day being a fed".
Well, for today you've had
enough. Tomorrow we will try to tell nicer news, we even lie as crazy if
needed, but I'm sure tomorrow will be a good day, and what can we say about
the shining sun and the exhausting heat... If you can't believe it, wait until
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