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  Carlos Pauner : MANASLU resting at Base camp


Carlos Pauner, Javier Pérez, Unai Llantada and Xavi Arias have reached base camp at 07:00 (Spain time) after spending the night in camp II at 6,400 m. The time it took to climb down was around four and a half hours; they found a nice descent because the there is less snow on the mountain due to good weather. Now they want to rest, eat well and hydrate and wait for that coveted window of nice weather to finish this battle.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera


Published 09-25-2010

The expedition directed by Carlos Pauner has called at 13:35 (Spain time) to inform that they reached camp II located at 6,400 meters of altitude. The climb was very hard because they had no physical activity for several days at base camp. It took them around 8 hours, so now they are very tired. “We are very tired, but happy; now we have to eat, hydrate and rest” said Pauner. They will spend the night at II tonight and they will climb down to base camp tomorrow morning. With that they will conclude their acclimatization, so the next ascent on the mountain will be for a summit attack if the weather permits.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera


Zaragoza, September 24, 2010. After several days at base camp waiting for the strong rain and snowfalls to stop, Carlos Pauner, Javier Pérez, Xavi Arias and Unai Llantada are leaving tomorrow, first thing in the morning, directly toward camp II, located at 6,400 m.

Several days ago, they installed camp I at 5,800 m and they went back to base, reaching their first objective. The day before yesterday, they climbed up again to spend the night in the installed camp and they planed to continue on the next morning to II. A strong snowfall during the night cut their plans and made them turn back to base camp. After that attempt, they are ready to go tomorrow morning to spend the night at II, which is twelve hours away and almost 1700 meters of altitude difference.

If the weather permits they will reach their objective tomorrow, which is to spend the night at camp II and go back to base; with that ascent they will conclude their acclimatization. That is why the next movement will by the direct summit attack.

In this occasion, they don’t have Juanito Oiarzabal as member of the expedition, because of the time it takes to climb Manaslu and his professional appointments in Spain, so he has been forced to go back home.

“We have high spirits and good physical shape, we only wait for Manaslu to give us a truce to reach this coveted summit” concludes Carlos Pauner.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera


The Carlos Pauner expedition is today at base camp. They woke up at camp I and they pretended to climb to camp II, but it has not stopped snowing and that cut they goal for today. From camp I to camp II there are 8 hours of march with a difference in altitude of 1,000 meters and unstopping snow; so the danger was
excessive, with bad visibility, risk of avalanches… etc. That is why
they thought is was appropriate to go down to base to wait again for a favorable weather forecast to climb again to mount camp II and end their acclimatization for the next ascent, for a summit attempt.


After several days at base camp waiting for the strong rain and snow to stop in the high altitudes, they left at 09:00 (Spain time) to camp I (5800 m) and after four hours of walking and after strong snowfall during the ascent, they will spend the night there. Their plan is to continue on the next day to camp II to do the same operation and to complete their acclimatization. According to the weather forecasts they can continue tomorrow with
their ascent to camp II, where they will spend the night and quickly
go back down to base. If the five members of the expedition, directed by Pauner, can go ahead with their plans, they will attempt a summit attack on the next good weather windows.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera


Carlos Pauner

After ten days at base camp and a timid incursion to camp 1, here we are still, in our little hole full of water, that feeds daily with
more liquid. The dark skies have not stopped dropping rain on us,
night and day. The protection that offer our tents has been getting
weaker little y little and humidity starts to take everything and

We have the feeling of living in one of those trenches that were so
wonderfully described by Ernst Jüger during the First World War,
ducked in some miserable holes, keeping the position, waiting to be
able to get out in some moment to the front line, to the objectives.
In our case, with less misery and less violence, and we wait for this
sea of water to cease for once, we hope that snow stops falling in the high altitudes which has surely buried all our previous work and that we can continue progressing on our way to the top and above all, to abandon once and for all this humid and sickening tedium.

The lack of light also causes lack of energy for all our devices and
it has made us learn how to economize everything and only use what is strictly necessary. With every new morning we watch the sky with hope, but it is always the same, a gray metallic vision that explodes in the form of thick drops of water, expected and hated.

Days go by and we have adapted to this form of life a little miserable
and slowed down. We hope with our hearts that everything comes back to normal and nicer days come to us. For the moment the mountain is inaccessible, defended by its barrier of unstable snow and we can only wait. We are still sheltered in our trench, waiting for the moment to be able to cross the “enemy” lines and have our particular battle with the difficulties that, without doubt, we are going to find on this colossal mountain of the Himalayas.

Carlos Pauner

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera


I am once again at the bottom of this fabulous and beautiful mountain of the Himalayas. Everything is very much alike, the same tents, the same landscapes, the same will to get to that far away point hanging in the sky. New teammates are with me in this occasion and I think we form a nice team, motivated and compact. We have just installed ourselves comfortably at these almost 5000 meters of altitude and we have built our little tents city that will be our refuge for a few weeks.

We have a lot of work ahead, well, everything’s ahead, but we know exactly what to do and how to do it. This is the little advantage of going back to the summit where I have been so close. I can’t avoid the memory of that day in April, last year, when just a few steps separated me from the end. However, far from being a burden, this memory makes me want to go up. I want to go back to see everything from that point and to enjoy a nice summit surrounded by good friends. I wish everything ends up nicely, that we live beautiful days on the Himalayas and that I can add that special number 10 to the Aragon mountain climbing. It has been a lot years of hard work to reach that point, but the truth is that I’ve had a lot of happiness and beautiful experiences very difficult to describe.

All this could not have been done without your help, and of all the people from Aragon, and the companies and institutions. Climbing these mountains is an enormous personal satisfaction, but when one represents a noble and brave people like ours, it is even greater. Aragon is a great territory, of fascinating landscapes and extraordinary people.

I can’t avoid the memory of our most emblematic character, José Antonio Labordeta and to congratulate him from this corner for that great award of the Great Cross of Alfonso X the Wise. We are proud of you, of your trajectory and your know-how. I feel lucky to have shared with you some coffees in our Levante, in our neighborhood and I hope to go back to Pilares and share this adventures of distinct kind with another coffee. Thanks for your example.

Carlos Pauner

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

FIRST ROUND: Carlos Pauner

The weather is bad, monsoonic. It rains, sometimes cats and dogs, sometimes a little less. We woke up wanting to go up to camp 1 and install it, but the rain sent us back to our sleeping bags. Two hours later it was clear and we decided to go up. We climbed over a stony terrain that leads to a glacier with deep crevasses although very open and clear. Little by little the weather is getting worse, as usual and fog start to fall down on us. A few hours later we got through that fog to this pinnacle at 5,700 m of altitude, where we install our first camp.

We go down quickly, under clouds and rain and we finally reach the tranquility of our base camp. We have made an important step in this uncertain weather. The forecasts point to a mixed weather for at least 4 days. Now is time to rest, to recover our bodies and to continue acclimatizing.

We have reached the initial mark of our route and our next thought is to install camp two above 6,500 m. A lot of work, but for the moment we have been able to take advantage a little pause in this foggy weather and advance on the first so important step. We will go back to our monotonous life in this little canvas city, with our comfort and our miseries. Moisture dampens us down to our bones and everything is wet.

We hope for the monsoon to pass and that we can soon continue with our progress on our way to the summit.

Carlos Pauner

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera


Today Carlos Pauner said by phone that they have installed camp I at 5,700 m.

They left base camp at 09:00h and after four and a half hours of walking they installed they first stop on their ascent. They found a stony terrain until half the way and then snow.

After they finished their mission of mounting that camp they arrived to base around 16:30h. Now they will face several days of bad weather which they will use to hydrate and rest because their bodies are noting the high altitude and the start of the work on the mountain.

We will get graphic material of the climb this morning and more detailed information, because they are tired after the hard journey they had today.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera



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