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Everest South Side Expedition: Everest 50
The fiftieth anniversary expedition. (French)


Wednesday April 23rd: Aside from traditional small pains (Basile is nursed for an ORL inflammation, Nicolas has an ophthalmic pain and Patrick Gabarrou a finger infection) everybody is all right. At Base Camp, the Everest50’s medical organization and weather forecast starts to make reference and a lot of people comes to see Doctor Régis or glance at tomorrow’s weather. Eric Long, the famous “French Masseur” of base camp, left for other adventures after a last massage to the “Everesters”. Marcel, back from the western combe, went this morning to Lobuche (4910m) in order to rest “in green”. Eric Loizeau, the two Patrick and Nicolas will follow him tomorrow. They have made the acclimatization at Camp II and want now to change air. This morning, Philippe, Jean Christophe, Dom, Laetitia, Aude, Maurice and Gilles left for Camp I under the sun. They arrived in the afternoon with the traditional clouds, and installed for the night, they will join tomorrow Guillaume and Brice who are spending their second night at Camp II at 6400m. They will stay up there during the week end for their acclimatization. Tomorrow, Jean Michel, the both Daniel, Jean Marc, Bruno, Régis and François from the medical team will climb to Camp I for sleeping and join the team the following day at Camp II. The objective is to try on Sunday to reach Camp III at 7300m for those who will feel ready. The itinerary Camp II-Camp III is difficult this year: all in ice, it won’t be easy to cross it. Each one’s acclimatization is now near to end. They will soon enter in the phase of acclimatization where physiological responses to the altitude are installed, they will then be ready to climb the summit.

Thursday April 24th: Daniel Gueorguievsky finally remained at base camp with Basile. It is snowing at Camp II this afternoon. Bundled up in warm cloths, Jean Michel leaves the tent to allow a better phone communication. They are 12 at Camp II, Aude, Laetitia, Guillaume, Jean Christophe, Gilles, Maurice, Philippe, Brice and Dom, joined at midday by Daniel Blanchi, Bruno and Jean Michel. Jean Marc, Régis and François went also to Camp II this morning but slept at Camp I, they will chain tomorrow until Camp II. The itinerary between Camp I and Camp II is not very stiff, but takes a long flat ground which according to the heat and material carried can takes 2 to 5 hours of walk. Camp II of Everest50 is the highest one on the moraine and is near to 6500m aside the glacier. A crowd of funny small birds cohabits with the village of tents organized around the green dome of the kitchen. The first task was to sort the material and food assembled to the camp and to distribute them ; “it is quite amazing to be here, breathless, to unpack shopping done some weeks ago at the supermarket”, says Jean Mi. With Sherpas help, a rock of big size simply retained by a block of ice just above Maurice and Gilles’ tent was finally cleared. Now everybody rests in tents, and only Jean Michel, Jean Christophe and Guillaume still keep on talking around a lyophilized cappuccino, “at least the 23rd one today”! Drinking is essential for the acclimatization and all the occasions for hydration are good. Camp III is not yet well assembled. Tomorrow, rest for the last arrivals, and climbing towards Camp III forecasted this week end.

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