IN CAMP II
The abominable men have
arrived to CII. They woke up at 4:30 and at 5:20 they were on the glacier.
When they got to the Khumbu the first thing that surprised them was how much
the part next to the Base Camp has changed. They found porous ice,
characteristic in the end of the season. When they got to the part where 5
ladders are tied one to each other there was another surprise: there were not
five but six ladders! The bottom part had separated more from the wall and
they were not enough. Once this part was passed, the first crevasse that was
seen and that had to be crossed on a ladder before, this time it needed two
joined together. One more proof that it was progressively opening. They
filmed the crevasses of more than 20 meters deep, so the Expeadictos will be
able to watch those huge crevasses! The superior part of the glacier remains
stable due to the low temperatures. Once the glacier is passed, walking over
the Valley of Silence has been like going through an oven, the sun hit hard
and that exhausted them a lot.
It took the boys almost 9
hours to get to CII, they were very slow and Haya and Jorge ended up burned
down (it looks like David was a little better). So much time in BC made them
pay the price, they were a lot of days without really moving!, but tomorrow's
rest in CII will surely do them good and will make them strong once again.
When they got to CII it was
very hot, so they pulled out their sleeping bags and lay down to rest. It is
not the comfort of BC, but they can't complain, because since there is a lot
of heat, there is a river one and a half meters wide and a creek running next
to their tents, so they don't need to melt snow. They said they are giving a
lot of importance to hydration. The Brazilians have of course climbed with
them and are in the tent next door.
Lhotse and Everest had a
mushroom of clouds on them which means there is a strong wind in that
altitude. The abominable men have seen the new forecast that make them
optimistic: it looks like the wind will recede as the days go by. On the day
2 while leaving camp IV they will find winds of 4 m/s (some 14 Km/h). When
they get to the summit the wind will blow at 7 m/s (25 Km/h) and will increase
up to 12 m/s (43 Km(h) as the morning advances. Tomorrow they will get a new
forecast. Tonight several groups will attempt for the first time by the South
Face, among them is Jesus Calleja. They will leave at 8 p.m. and besides
opening the trail for our boys, they will install fixed lines.
So, let's rest tomorrow!
Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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