38th day of the
Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World. Third attach to Lhotse's
Today was a great
day, first because weather helped. We had a deep blue sky in the
morning, minus 12 degrees Celsius, and second because we had the help of
one of our Sherpas, Phenden, and of two Sherpas of the Japanese
expedition to Everest.
Alir, Irivan and me,
joined our forces to advance with determination on Lhotse's flank.
Between all of us, we carried on our backs 900 meters of ropes and we
started to fix them. On the first 300 meters of fixed ropes, the
crampons we indispensable, but after 7,000m of altitude, the snow stakes
were more useful.
It was unexpectedly
and incredibly hot around 11h00 in the morning, and we were literally
fried on the great mass of ice of the Glacier. We could stand it until
17h00 and we resolved to descend. Our brave Sherpas continued to endure
the hot temperature and worked until they ran out of ropes. They came
back very close to Camp 3, where snow hurt our eyes. Tomorrow we will
continue together this hard work.
Paulo Mαfia, from