on the summit of Everest
Hello. We write again and we thank what you have published about us.
Now we are in Mexico, with a
special feeling because this time we could not reach the summit of G2. Our
highest altitude was 7,700 m, leaving from camp 3 at 23:00 hrs and reaching
that altitude at 8:00 in the morning.
The strong winds that were
seen on the summit, the possible avalanches because of the amount of snow of
this season and the danger in the ascent were the risk factors that made
Mauricio take the decision of turning us both around.
As you will understand, it
was hard to quit "just" 300 meters away (which in the conditions we were
represented 4 or 5 hours of ascent). Hard to accept it when you have worked
so hard with the acclimatization, in the physical preparation, but above all,
to raise the money and to get to the mountain.
I can't deny the sadness and
impotence I fell at that moment, but the words Mauricio told me when he saw me
crying were: "I'd rather have you alive", which made me reason and concentrate
in the descent, because the risk was still with us.
I would like to know about
you if you want, we can send details of the work we did on G2. About G1,
because of obvious reasons, we did nothing.
A hug from your friends,
Badía Bonilla and Mauricio
López "An ascending couple"
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