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BRAZILIAN EVEREST LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by

O BOTICΑRIO, VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS

52nd day of the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World.
Base Camp (5,400m). Our dearest Base Camp.

We are trying to relax, now that we are at Base, but our minds are on the higher altitudes of Everest and Lhotse.  We imagine our progress towards the Top of the World, we have in mind all the details and we pray God, every moment, for the weather to improve.

We are sure that this descent to Base was more than convenient.  The weather forecast promises an improvement next Monday, so we have a deserved rest, a great opportunity to renew our energies and, believe it, just a day at Base is enough to make us feel brand new again.

One of the advantages of Base is that we are at 5,400m, which is not low, but it is an environment at least a thousand meters below Camp 2, where we have more air to breathe, that is why we feel better here, we sleep better.

Another great advantage of Base is our competent cook Kurman.  In our higher camps we have to melt snow to eat, generally junk food.  Here at Base, Kurman fixes us a series of meals, always served in abundance.  Today, besides meat, we had beans, rice and polenta at lunch, indispensable Brazilian goodies for the higher camps and, for dinner, capeletti with a nice tomato sauce, and some parmesan cheese.  And also let's not forget hydration, as important as eating in high altitudes, and a variety of teas and juices are always present at Base.

Also important is that every climber has his own tent at base, while in higher camps, we pack 3 or 4 of us in each one.  One tent just for you is important for your moments of privacy, there you have your personal items, family and friends mementos and you can sleep as you please, you can listen to music and read.

At Base we have a restroom, we leave the mountain and our conscience clean.  We even have a shower.  Today I had a delicious hot shower, I put on clean clothes and clipped my nails.  Simple things when you are in a city, but here in the heart of the Himalayas they have a special meaning, improving a lot anyone's moral.

Yes, we love our Base Camp, where we've been 36 days, but during this time, our mind is always in the higher altitudes of Everest and Lhotse, where we want to be next week, to finally, be able to go back to our real Base Camp, our home, also known as BRAZIL.

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