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Women Everest 2001 Expedition
South American Women Expedition to Mount Everest
Chilean women started an expedition to Mount Everest.
They are Vivianne Cuq (leader), Cristina Prieto,
Patricia Soto y Andrea Munoz. They are joined by three
high-altitude cameramen: Christian Cuq, Philippe Reuter
and Francisco Medina. The rest of expedition includes
one doctor, one producer and one professional cameraman
from Chilean National Television. Total: 10 persons,
all Chilean, except Philippe Reuter, who is from
France, but lives in Chile.
have set up Base Camp for our expedition. Most of our supplies
have arrived. We are listening to music, eating food
cooked by Karsang and have taken a hot shower. This morning we had
ceremony, without which nobody dares to
take a step in the mountain. During the
nearly two hour ceremony we sang danced and prayed to
the Sagarmatha Goddess to protect our expedition while we climb Everest. The ceremony also
includes hanging flags, throwing toasted flour
and rice to the sky, and to drink whiskey
(a good reason why several members of the expedition
had to stagger to sleep so soon after we
finish the ceremony).
We are already
working to get organized. Patty and I
finished checking the gear and making sure
climbers took gear to Camp 1. We make our plan of
acclimatization and assembly of the camps.
Tomorrow our Sherpas climbers move on up
full dispatches in Spanish see there site here.