EVEREST LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by
O BOTICΑRIO, VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
28th day of the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the
Base Camp (5,400m). The Korean Expedition arrives to
4 o'clock in the
morning I open my eyes inside my sleeping bag. I see
the roof of the tent, all dark and with no snow
falling. At least it is not snowing, I think. But it
was not cold, or it was not as cold as it should. I
search my Tissot and I read the temperature, +2°C.
Then I have to go
to the bathroom, I get out of my sleeping bag, swiftly
getting my clothes on. I knock the roof of the tent,
but I don't hear the snow falling. Then I open the
zipper of the door and I face the outside thermometer,
it is only -3°C.
What a shame, I thought, it could be at least some 7
or 8 negative degrees, because cold temperature is a
sign of good weather.
I run to our
toilet, kicking the stones covered with a fine blanket
of snow. Our toilet is a narrow and tall tent, where
you can be standing up. Inside there is a plastic
barrel, and there, placing our feet on two stones and
crouching we do our business. When full, a clerk of
the SPCC (Sagarmatha Park Control Committee), who has
the nickname of "shit man", takes the full barrel
close to Lobuche (4,900m), where he deposits it all in
a dry pit. But before, shit man weighs our barrel and
we pay 1 dollar for every kilo of waste. Funny, but
it works, the Base Camp is apparently clean. In the
past, everybody did their business wherever they
choose, imagine how it was.
I exit the toilet
relieved, I go by the kitchen and wake up Kurman, our
cook. I grab one of our canvas chairs and I sit
outside. The night is slowly loosing its darkness,
Kurman serves me a mug of hot tea and I stay watching
the clouds crawling over the mountains. It doesn't
take much to start snowing, slowly.
The alarm clock
rings, 5 in the morning. Paulo comes quick to the
dinner, a big tent, with campaign table and chairs,
that we also use as a storage room. We start talking
about the snow fall that gets more intense. The Alir,
Bonga and Irivan arrive. Lapka, our kitchen
assistant, serves us coffee, granola and milk, fried
eggs with toasts.
The snow flakes
get bigger. The morning turns white and freezing. We,
with our backpacks on, are frustrated. We decide to
stay in the dinning tent, waiting for the blizzard to
diminish. At 8 in the morning we end our first strong
match (card game), but the blizzard doesn't end, and
it goes like that until two in the afternoon. What a
shame, we wanted to climb to install Camp 1.
And, before I
forget, the fourth expedition arrived to Base, a
Korean expedition, leaded by Se Jung Lee, and formed
by 10 climbers, 7 for Lhotse and 3 for Everest, all of
them youths from Kun Ju Education University at Seoul.
That's all for
me, we hope the weather helps us tomorrow!
LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by O BOTICΑRIO,
VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
Portuguese by Jorge Rivera