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46th day of the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World.
Camp 2 (6,500 m) - Camp 3 (7,300 m). Surpassing the Yellow Band (7,700 m).

We woke up this morning at 5:00 h with a temperature of minus 12 degrees Celsius and we didn't know what to do.  It snowed all night long and it was still snowing in the morning.  Clouds crawled over the Valley of Silence and we could not see Everest or Lhotse.   If we didn't climb, our plan to attack the summit by the end of the month could be threatened.

We kept waiting to see if any other expedition would move, but nothing.  But around 6h30 Everest and Lhotse began to show and the fog ceased, we began to go towards the Face of Lhotse, along with our Sherpas.  After a while, the Japanese expedition followed and a freezing wind insisted to go with us.

The climb was exhausting and very freezing, but in the middle of the afternoon, we were all extremely satisfied, not only for getting one more time to Camp 3, but for continuing with the work we started yesterday of opening the trail to the South Col (8,000m), the location for Camp 4.  More than 700m of ropes were fixed today, surpassing the Yellow Band.  The biggest obstacle was a rock step of some 30m, which actually sums 70 vertical meters.

Alir, Irivan and me are going to spend the night at 7,300m high on Camp 3, to have a perfect acclimatization.  Marcelo Bonga is already in action again and he went to Camp 2, where he will spend the night.  We hope our team is complete as soon as possible and that we get to the Top of the World.

Pictures:  Leaving our Camp 2 for another day of work and on the wall of the Face of Lhotse.
Namaste!
Waldemar Niclevicz Trango Tower

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

Dispatches

Translated from Portuguese by Jorge Rivera