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.

Read more →

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!

Read more →

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.

Read more →

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.

Read more →

WAITING FOR THE WIND TO DIE DOWN AT THE SUMMIT

Escalando en el Pumori expand
May 16
Escalando en el Pumori
Over the last few days I haven’t written a single word. This is not because there is nothing happening here at base camp on Everest; it is probably because I have shut myself off, and have not been in the mood for doing anything. This always happens to me when it is time to begin our ascent to the summit. The nervousness that I feel before we set off usually manifests itself in this way.

WE HAVE RETURNED, BUT WE ARE VERY TIRED AND ARE GOING TO REST

Campo 2 expand
May 12
Campo 2

Forgive me for not writing anything until today. We got back to base camp yesterday, I had something to eat and went to bed. I got up to have dinner, and went straight back to bed. I was exhausted. Yesterday at five in the morning Asier woke me up at camp 3, telling me that he hadn’t slept. I can remember being half asleep at around two in the morning and Asier being very angry and asking me if I had a sleeping tablet. He couldn’t sleep! He didn’t have a headache and he wasn’t even nervous. I don’t know what was the matter with him. Later, during our descent, he could see me alongside him still half asleep and I think that this annoyed him even more. Ha! Ha! Ha! The fact is that at five in the morning, at first light, he was already driving us mad and in no time at all we had already got dressed, rolled up our sleeping bags and we had our crampons on ready to begin our return to base camp.

Read more →

FIRST CONTACT WITH CAMP IV

May 10

So, just as the guys predicted yesterday, they did not get up very early this morning.  I had been waiting for them to call in the communications tent for a while when I finally heard the radio.  Asier informed me that they had slept well and hadn’t felt the cold.  In fact, they were in the mood for getting their own back:  Edurne grabbed the walkie talkie and told me that she had taken a whole “Ensure”; in fact all of them had taken one.  “There you go, doc.  Stuff you!!”.  There is nothing like winding them up a bit.

Read more →

A TENSE CALM, AS WE WAIT ON THE WEATHER

May 09

Last night was windy and humid, as if wanting to bid our friends a not so fond farewell. However, at 7:00 am., when the expedition was due to set off, the Sun took control and the task in hand no longer seemed so daunting.

Read more →

A NICE BIT OF COD BEFORE RETURNING TO CAMP THREE

Una comida al sol expand
May 08
Una comida al sol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t written anything for a couple of days, not because nothing is happening here at base camp, but because my mind has been elsewhere. Today I practically tiptoed through the communications tent where Pablo and Ferrán were doing some writing. I did my writing quickly and then went straight to the kitchen where they were making ‘momo’ a very typical Nepalese dish. Momo is a type of small pasty filled with meat. Migma, Tensin and Karma were there cooking, and I joined them because I find cooking very relaxing. I talked to them and asked them if they also cook at home, or if their wives do the cooking. They told me that it is their wives who make the pasties. Karma is only 17; he has just finished school and has come on the expedition in order to learn. They have given him several classes and advised him on how to make ‘momos’ and I pulled his leg a bit. I told him that his girlfriend will love the way that he makes these pasties. He told me, all embarrassed, that he doesn’t have a girlfriend.

Read more →

WASHING AND AN AGREEABLE APERITIF AT BASE CAMP

May 05
Today has been a sunny day at base camp, and we have used the time to get some washing done and smarten ourselves up a bit. I hadn’t done any washing since we arrived. Don’t get the wrong idea – this is why I brought three more barrels of gear than the others. I go a little bit over the top but it all gets used. The problem now will be getting it all dry. I reckon that it will take a couple of days.