WE ARE COMING HOME THIS FRIDAY

May 31
Sorry for the delay in writing. The truth is that I haven’t been able to write for a while due to everything that has happened at base camp on Everest. We have decided to come home, as I told you in my last message: In fact, we are already in Kathmandu. We packed up all the gear at base camp after taking the decision with the rest of the expedition team, and set off for Kathmandu. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the only thing to do after everything that we have gone through in the last few days.
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48 HOURS OF UNCERTAINTY, TOIL AND FEAR

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May 24
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I don’t know where to begin, or how to tell you about everything that has happened over the last few days.  So many things, so many emotions, so much sadness, so much happiness, so much of everything.  I find it very, very difficult to tell you about it, but I am going to try.

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EDURNE PASABAN TAKES PART IN THE RESCUE OF SPANISH MOUNTAINEERS ON LHOTSE

May 23

Edurne Pasaban, leader of the Endesa Expedition to Everest without oxygen, has played a crucial role in an operation to rescue several of her fellow countrymen. Several Spanish mountaineers got into serious difficulties last Sunday whilst making their descent from the summit of Lhotse.

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WE ARE IN THE BASE CAMP

May 21

16:05



They are back “home”!

We went to meet them at the Icefall, taking something special to drink. They made it back safe and sound, in good spirits and looking very cheerful. The guys who you can tell have had a rough time are the Sherpas.

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CAMP 2

May 21

At 5:50 the decision was taken to abort.

We suspected as much because we had agreed that they would contact us when the wind died down, and they waited until dawn before calling. We had also been constantly monitoring their position with the “tracker” and we knew that they had not moved from camp 4.
The main thing is that they are all OK, even the Sherpas are feeling better.
The wind has not died down as forecast, not for a second, and they have had a really bad night. They haven’t even been out of the tent.

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THE WIND HAS FORCED US TO HEAD BACK TO CAMP 2

May 21

We have been waiting for several hours, but the weather forecast has not been completely accurate. The wind has not stopped blowing thoughout the day and it has not died down as much as we had hoped in the evening/night.

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AT 22:00 THEY WILL SET OFF FOR THE SUMMIT!

May 20

Camp 4…!

They have now arrived at camp 4. We have just spoken to Edurne and she told us that they had reached their destination. However, she told us that they arrived at 13:15!!! Apparently radio communication is not possible at the moment, perhaps due to the clouds that we have here at base camp.

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THEY ARE NOW AT CAMP 3, AND WAITING ON THE SNOW THAT IS FORECAST

May 19

The second phase has been completed – they have now reached camp 3! Everything is going well, and as a well-known actor used to say: “I love it when a plan comes together…!”. At 7 am I was already waiting where we keep the radio for Asier to call, even though I knew that it was too early. Last night we agreed that they would wait until 8 o’clock before calling since today was going to be a short day whilst tomorrow, on the other hand, will be much longer. And it was at 8 o’clock that Asier called us. It turns out that they have all slept very well, which is good news. The comfortableness of camp 2, and a little help of the chemical variety, made sure of that but we mustn’t forget that this is also a sign that they have acclimatised correctly – which is more good news!

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THEY REACHED CAMP 2 IN ONLY SIX AND A HALF HOURS

May 18

First phase completed without any problems! By 5:30 this morning we were already having a cup of tea with the Sherpas in the kitchen tent. The guys seemed less nervous today than they usually do on any other morning when they are going climbing. They had smiles on their faces and seemed keen to go into action, which is what motivates them the most.

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WE ARE SETTING OFF FOR THE SUMMIT

May 17

At last we our going up to the top. The day when we set off for the summit of Everest has arrived. So just how are we feeling? Well, the truth is that physically we are all very well; or so Pablo our Doctor says. We are really, really nervous… overly nervous, but that’s normal. I can see that we are all nervous, myself included, but I think that because we have done everything properly things will work out fine for us.

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