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38th day of the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World. Third attach to Lhotse's flank.

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 Base Camp:

We had blue sky and snowy mountains everywhere this morning.  The biggest avalanche so far took place on Pumori, which is in front of our camp.
Namaste!
Waldemar Niclevicz Trango Tower

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Translated from Portuguese by Jorge Rivera