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 BRAZILIAN EVEREST LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by

O BOTICΑRIO, VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS

26th day of the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World.
Base Camp (5,400m) - Ice Fall 6,000m. Very close to Camp 1.

Today, we almost make it to the location of Camp 1.  A lot of crevasses require aluminum bridges and a great amount of snow made progress slow and dangerous.

I ended staying at Base Camp, taking care of administrative things, all day bended over the new notebook, replying e-mails and interviews, and solving countless other bureaucratic problems.  I did not think a compromising project like ours is just climbing!

Well, staying at Base, I vibed with Alir, Irivan, Bonga and Paulo, that one more time carried equipment and helped the SPCC crew.  In total, the Brazilian team has carried one thousand meters of rope for the Ice Fall, dozens of stakes and even aluminum ladders, without counting the work of our high altitude carriers.  The other expeditions are admired of our disposition.

Today it was also a day of avalanches, especially on the hillsides of Pumori (7,165m), a beautiful mountain which is behind Base Camp, if you are facing the Ice Fall.  Big avalanches also came down from the West Ridge of Everest and the trembling Ice Fall frightened us.  All this, probably, because of the heat.

I took today's pictures here from Base Camp, as I watched the progress on the Ice Fall.  In the main picture, look at two black dots getting close to a big block of ice.  And under this block of ice was the highest point achieved today.  In the same picture it is possible to see the top of the Ice Fall, behind this last ridge, some 300m distant, and the location of Camp 1.

Namaste!

Waldemar Niclevicz Trango Tower

BRAZILIAN EVEREST LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by O BOTICΑRIO, VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS

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Translated from Portuguese by Jorge Rivera

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