40th Day of the
Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World.
Camp 3 (7,300m) - Base Camp (5,400m). Looking for a well deserved rest.
Dear friends who are
following the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World:
satisfaction I send you today's news, here directly from Base Camp,
inside my comfortable tent, with the soothing music of Gilberto Gil (I'm
homesick of Bahia!!!).
After exactly one
week in higher altitudes, my team and mainly me, are extremely
satisfied. It is possible to sense a big joy from the results, not only
from Irivan and Alir, who were with me, but also from Paulo Mαfia, who
coordinated all the actions from Base Camp.
In these last seven
days, we went back to Camp 1 (6,150m), we installed Camp 2 (6,500m) and,
after four days of work on Lhotse's flank, we installed the difficult
Camp 3 (7,300m).
We thank God for the
success we had. Weather helped, from the day of the Independence of
Brazil, September 7th, each day has been prettier than the one before.
Also we didn't lack enthusiasm to achieve what we had planned, and we
even have more disposition after we learned that our enthusiasm spread
to other expeditions, who each day wanted to help us more with the task
of equipping Lhotse's flank.
I confess I was
excited when we got to the location of Camp 3, 7,300m of altitude, not
only for being higher than the biggest mountain of North America, the
McKinley (6,194m), or for being higher than the biggest mountain of
South America, the Aconcαgua (6,959m), but also for being close to the
top of Everest and Lhotse, the Top of the World. I feel the vibration
of the green and yellow heart in the chest of each of the climbers of my
And with the feeling
of the accomplished duty, with this pride in my chest of being a
Brazilian climber, we descended today from the heights of the
Himalayans, for a well deserved rest in our Base Camp.