of all, I want to explain that I did not write the
information on my website, that was written by my
staff in Guatemala with no bad
intention, they did not
want to be unthankful with our rescuers, they picked
up some information that they have heard on a
radio interview from advance base camp. At this stage,
they were concern to update my website so they did it.
they did not explain that I was so thankful with Dave
Hahn, Jason Tanguay, Tap Richards, Andy Politz, Eric
and also from my own team I want to thank strongly to
Russell Brice, Chris Warner, Asmus Norreslet, Phurba
Sherpa and Lopsang Sherpa.
remember just after the sunrise on May 24th. When Andy
Lapkass and myself just survived that cold and long
bivouac... We saw three strong climbers coming to us,
they were Jason, Tap and Dave. They gave us water,
dexamethasome and fresh oxygen bottles. After that,
they asked different questions about our feelings
at this moment. After some time they decided
amazingly to abort there own summit attempt, and
decided to join us on our way down. I was so surprised
and thankful for it.
Americans were first to us that day. In fact Jason and
Tap arrived first, a few minutes later Dave Hahn, and
then ... I guess 20 minutes later the Columbians
arrived. The Columbians did stop right at the place we
were with Andy, yes they give some water. Juan Pablo
and Marcelo were with me and Andy helping out. Juan
Pablo and Marcelo gave their water, some gels and as
Tap, Dave, and Jason had the oxygen, drugs and other
items the necessary logistics to help us. The
Colombians were helping me. Once I was stable and the
others who were with me took charge they went for the
summit in agreement with the other people involved in
helping me and Andy.
far as other Spanish climbers, I cannot say anything
about them, because I have never had contact with
them, as far as I remember."
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and Tap joined Andy, and Dave was with me.
speed was painfully slowly, we did like two hours from
the third to the second step, which is so dangerous.
at this stage I could manage to abseil just by
myself this dangerous section of the mountain. At the
bottom of the second step was Phurba Sherpa, one of
the strongest sherpas on the mountain, he summited a
day before (just like us), he was coming from 7,900
meters just for helping us (IT IS AMAZING). Anyway at
this stage things were much better, because from here Dave
Hahn got a stronger help with Phurpa, and also Lopsang
Sherpa (our sirdar) was together with Andy Lapkass,
Jason and Tap.
hours later appeared Andy Politz, another strong climber
from Eric's who helped also a lot. At the end of this
afternoon we were arriving to the High Camp at 8,300
meters, were Chris and Asmus were waiting for us, we
didn't stay at this camp, from we kept going down to
our next camp at 7,900 meters, place where we spend
arrived to advance base camp, at the afternoon of the
really want to thank all the people who help Andy and
myself to get down from the mountain, it was a real
teamwork... they saved our lives.
reason why I am writing until now, is because I left
Kathmandu on June 3rd, from there I was flying to
Houston, Texas where I stayed until June 10th at
Methodist Hospital for medical check. After that day I
have been amazingly busy between media and sponsors
because I am the first central American who climbs
Everest and finish the Seven Summits.
apologize with Dave Hahn, Jason Tanguay, Tap Richards,
Eric Simonson, Russell Brice, Phurpa Sherpa, Lopsang
Sherpa, Andy Politz, Chris Warner and Asmus Norreslet
for writing all this until now, but finally I am happy
writing all these because all of them save Andy's and
my life... THANK YOU VERY MUCH... GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
want to thank you for everything you do with your
wonderful web site."
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