53th day of the 10 Years of
Brazil on Everest Expediton
Base camp (5,400m).
Without a doubt, this season
is not one of the best for the alpinists who want to climb Everest, as well as
the other big mountains in Nepal.
The weather has been
punishing the expeditions for weeks, with unbearable snow and winds.
Avalanches destroying camps and winds that provoke frostbite had sent home at
least 10 climbers who were in Nepal, running away from the undesirable hostile
environment that hangs on Everest.
The hard weather conditions
finally hit our expedition too, our friend Diego Zubani came back yesterday to
base camp decided to quit the expedition and go back to Italy.
The desistance of Zubani was
a great surprise for everybody, because of his optimistic spirit and also for
being a very strong climber, we never expected that he would desist the dream
of getting to the top of the highest mountain of the world. This is a typical
and sad example of how weeks of waiting can weaken psychologically the ones
who are here facing the adversities of nature.
Irivan and I having been
traveling for 53 days now! A considerable time to be far away from home, from
family, from the people we love and the comfort of modern life available in
the cities. We have been here in base camp for 32 days, dreaming to get to
the top of this gigantic mountain called Everest, which fascinates us with its
altitude and beauty.
And after so much time, so
much desire, to let the dream escape because of bad weather??? No, my
friends, we still have two weeks, before the probable arrival of the summer
monsoon, when the season is closed, because of the arrival of the big storms.
Then, once more, patience, a
lot of patience!!! Praying to the gods for some days, for at least 4 or 5, of
blue sky, with little wind.
To make you feel on the
summit... today's picture, which I have just shot, at 17h31, here in base
camp. It snows lightly and a freezing wind blows.
We continue counting with
A big hug,
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