ANDALUCIA MAKALU EXPEDITION
We can not send the chronicle from
our computer because the battery went dead and we are having problems with
energy sources. Today, 21, we are at the foot of Ama Lhapsa. We had three
very intense days on the mountain, from the last inhabited location for us in
the next days, Chukung. We have used it as BC to climb to Imja Set, 6,189m,
which all the members of the expedition summated, including the trekking
members, on the 19th.
After a nice day of rest
yesterday, preparing the loads for the next four days, we continue today with
this difficult and isolated zone which will take us to Makalu BC.
Right now we are having excellent
weather, with just a little nasty wind.
The Andalucia Makalu Expedition
2008, an official sports event of the Andalucian Mountain Climbing Federation
is formed by Fernando Fernandez-Vivancos from Granada, Jorge Vasquez from
Sevilla and 'Lolo' Gonzalez from San Pedro. The three sportsmen will attempt
to reach the summit of Makalu, 8,463 meters of altitude above sea level, which
makes it the fifth highest mountain in the planet and is included in the group
of most difficult mountains of over eight thousand meters, along with K2.
Earlier: We are in Namche Bazar at 3,440 meters of altitude, where we
came yesterday after a complete journey walking. Today we dedicated the day
to visit the towns of: Kunjung (3,790 m) and Khunde from where all the group
ascended a small summit of 4,200 meters.
In these days we met the members of diverse expeditions to
Everest, among whom we see certain confusion, because also on the Nepalese
side, the climbers and tourists won't be able to climb above camp 3 (C3) until
after May 10. All this situation and the closing of mountains like Cho Oyu by
the Chinese government have taken a lot of expeditions to change objectives,
heading to other mountains. For us all this is not good news, because we
wanted to feel nice on Makalu and we fear there would be too many expeditions
(as we see it), which we will find at BC.
We will continue our progress tomorrow and we will reach
Pangboche (3,985m) from where we will enjoy the beautiful sights of Ama
Dablam. And we expect two more days to reach Chukung, the last town before we
get into the land of the three peaks. This will also be our last BC to
attempt the ascent of Imja Set.
Imja Set is also known as Island Peak and has an altitude of
6,190m, with this ascent we just want to continue acclimatizing our bodies to
altitude, to attack Makalu with the maximum warranties.
Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
NOTE 01 NEPAL
ANDALUCIA MAKALY EXPEDITION
April 10, 2008
On April 7 we arrived to Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, and
we started the numerous paperwork and shopping that an expeditions of these
characteristics need. It has been a day of a lot of work dedicated
exclusively to pack all the food, tents, gas, etc. While the country has been
paralyzed by elections.
The 7 climbers of the expedition (four Basque and three
Andalucians) and the 5 Andalucian teammates who will go with us up to base
camp (BC), have left everything prepared so that we could fly tomorrow to
Lukla where we will arrive with 210 Kg of materials to start the journey that
will take us to the base of Makalu. Other 350 Kg will leave to the base of
the mountain, with our Nepalese BC group and two high altitude Sherpas that
will help us during the climb.
The route is known to the climbers and we hope to enjoy as
always the singular landscapes of the route, to be on the 12th in Namche
Bazar, where we will have a day, to dedicate to acclimatization to altitude
and from where we hope to be able to send a new chronicle to tell you how the
approach to the mountain goes.
During these days we will have a journey that is not usual
to reach Makaly and is considered as one of the most interesting and hard
treks there are in Nepal. Three peaks are waiting for us, which are around
6,000 meters of altitude and the summit of Imja Set, located on the impressive
south ridge of Lhotse.
Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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