Today's chronicle starts with
dinner and went out the mess tent. Next thing to do, brush our teeth, we take
the toothbrush and toothpaste from the chillout and we exit to our known close
rocks on which we can not make two steps without tumbling, do you know who was
waiting for us? The Yeti, no, I'm kidding, we haven't seen Uncle Esau yet,
but it would be big news and a good scare.
Yes, we had something
wonderful waiting for us, while we were brushing out white teeth, we just
happened to look up and surprise.
The darkness which we were so
used to look surprised us and what we were seeing, a million stars shining
from the sky over the entire Khumbu glacier.
We couldn't stop looking,
cold, a little, -4ºC, but the moment was worth it and nobody wanted to go into
the tent and lose the first show.
We all tried to count the
stars but it was practically impossible, on the first try some 296,884 stars,
but David discovered another which was blocked by a rope, good for David, now
it is 296,885 stars, we can go happily to sleep, we are the masters of BC.
No, no kidding, there were a
lot, a lot of stars and it was the best night we've had here.
The night is perfect for
meditation and to think about the things each of us have inside, there were
some lights in BC but we only heard silence, nobody thought about the cold, it
was more gratifying to be able to see the millions of little dots in this sky
at 5,300 meters, it is wonderful to enjoy this moments, close your eyes and
try to imagine yourself here looking the white glacier ice, feeling a light
breeze in the face and dreaming that we will soon be together on the summit of
the highest mountain of the world.
It was a great night, I hope
we can repeat it in a few hours so that it will be useful for tomorrow's
Something has to be said
about today, we have also had sun and after breakfast, backpacks on our back
and march, we have gone down the valley, as if our mission here was over, in
the middle of the moraine, and a new "path" climbed to Pumori, surprise, we
have found a little, no, very little flat of grass and dirt, there were some
edelweiss a little dead, but there was no ice and that was enough to lay a
moment under the sun and the wind, a drink of water and we have tried to
communicate with our Sherpas, who we supposed were in CII, we could not
contact them and next thing was take out the logos of our sponsors.
We were high and with a nice
view of Everest, like good models, let's get to work and a picture here,
another one there (remember Mecano, shadow here, shadow there), because David
the photographer said, to the left, to the right, up, down and then he came
running and jumping, "they are going to .... with this picture" and he stood
next to his two teammates.
Now, let's go somewhere else,
and we enjoyed the place without rocks for a while, and the best is we did not
have ice under our feet.
After the pictures and having
contemplated the summit of Sagarmata, the great ridge that leads to the summit
of Nuptse, it was time to eat, so quickly and passing people who are doing
trekking we wend back to BC.
Today is Diego Zubani's
birthday, but we have saved the best celebration for dinner, among polenta and
boiled potatoes, the walkie talkie rings and, surprise, it is our Sherpas, but
they talk from CIII, two of them have stayed in CII and other two will spend
the night in CIII.
That's a good sign, they have
finally climbed the Lhotse face, and we thought we have lost our tents,
sleeping bags and oxygen we have in CIII.
Tomorrow, everybody will
climb to CIV and will surely do a materials depot.
We will contact them at 12 in
the morning and 18 in the afternoon, we will be waiting for information about
the weather, the wind, the status of the route, I hope good weather comes so
that we can soon make a summit attack.
For the moment the forecasts
that arrive are not very good, wind, cold and snow are expected in the next
Patience and keep waiting.
If somebody wants a
particular picture or that we talk about something in concrete, post it in the
visitor's book and maybe, only maybe, we will do it.
With spirit and illusion from
BC, the abominables send you a big hug to all of you who make this adventure
possible and give us strength. Thanks for all the support.
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