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Everest South Side Expedition
Tarragona Everest 2003


04-26-03: Base Camp: Yesterday morning, a climber ascended to Camp 4 (7,900m), and went down later to sleep at Camp 3. The rest of the team is between Camps 2 and 3 acclimatizing and in perfect shape for the moment. During the afternoon there was a meeting of all the expeditions in the dining tent of the Indo-Nepali expedition at Base camp, which was attended by our two members left at BC. The topic was the installation of a second fixed line from Camp 4 to the summit of Everest to avoid the crowds. They ended asking for Sherpas and lines to the rest of the expeditions.  It has to be noted that the Indo-Nepali expedition is the most numerous and their petition did not have much success (it is planned to install a fixed line on the route, but just one).  As a reward for being in the meeting we had a snack. As for today, we have all the climbers divided between Camps 2, 3 and 4, having success in their acclimatization.  It has been snowing intensely this afternoon.  We are waiting for the weather forecast for the future movements of the climbers.  We'll keep in touch.

Picture of the expeditions meeting

Movie: We had a movie last night!  One of the Sherpas came asking for a movie.  We could not say no, so ten minutes later we had a lot of Sherpas inside our tent watching an American movie translated to Spanish, which nobody understood. The situation was very curious, everybody sat down and quiet, watching the computer screen.  We had visitors today.  At lunch Ana and Jaume came, a couple from Sabadell who are trekking around Nepal.  They came to visit and we ate together.  They were happy because it's been a long time since they have had Spanish food (cold meats, olive oil, membrillo...)  Just after they left, Joseph came, a Barcelonan who had tea with us and had to leave in a hurry because a storm was starting.

Picture of visitors from home

04-28-03: Base Camp: Yesterday morning, the 27th, it was sunny while four climbers were acclimatizing at Camp 3, another one at Camp 2 and the last one was trying to get to Camp 4.  Everybody is in perfect shape.  By the afternoon Iván came to visit, an Ecuadorian climber who is trying to achieve his fifth eight-thousand and will attempt Lhotse.  However this morning it is snowing with a thick fog, everything covered by a white blanket.  One of the climbers came down to Base because we had a live link with TV3 for a press round and the official presentation of the two Catalan expeditions to Everest, and he had to be present.  It took place at 4 in the afternoon (Nepal time) without any technical problem.  We got the weather forecast which announces four days of light snow and a covered sky.  There is a probable window of good weather for May 4-5.  Will it be the day of the summit attack? 

Picture of interview with TV3

Picture of gray day

Birthday: Yesterday, our Base Camp technician, Gerard, was 25 years old.  To celebrate, Xandra, our cook, made a cake, label included, and four enormous candles which he managed to blow at once (youth, divine treasure).   We shared the cake with the Sherpas present and the link officer who never misses one detail.  Today, because of the rigor of the weather, we had confirmed how hard it is to communicate with the high altitude camps, so after 5 minutes we decided to leave it for tomorrow.  Such are things here... and so we have told you (he, he, he...)

Picture of Gerard's 25th birthday

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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