Report: I write on behalf of
many, if not of everybody who are following this adventure day by day. We have
been attentive of the expedition, we have suffered and celebrated each one of
the intermediate goals, we have tried to imagine the cold and the pain, the
images left our mouth open, I think we have been with you in every moment.
You have became contestants in a kind of "big brother", the coverage on this
expedition has been incredible, personally I have the luck of being a person
close to Andrés' family, well, I know him from many years ago and I think I
know him well, and because of the same closeness I have been knowing about
each detail of the expedition by first hand.
I want to congratulate the
members of the expedition who have summited, and to each one of the members of
the expedition just for the simple fact of being there.
Andrés: I can't imagine what
you must be thinking in this moment, but I do know what I want to tell you.
Friend, the phrase you used
"Four days to fight against our own bodies and minds, to search into our souls
the internal fire that brought us here", is the summary of years of physical
and, above all, mental preparation, the logical price would be the summit, the
price for having been in contact with the mountain and having lived with it.
I have heard you say that the mountain is alive, so alive that you have to
ask it for permission to climb, you fight against the elements, but not
against the mountain, you live with it, it turns into your companion and you
have to be good to it.
The goal you have set, that
goal to stand up on the highest point of the world, was not completed, because
without knowing it, that dream faced you with a much greater challenge, a
challenge that not many people are capable to distinguish or that they don't
even see because they are blinded by a personal dream of individual triumph.
The challenge emerged, and you accomplished it, you didn't conquer the
summit, you conquered yourself, you exceeded any expectation, close to the
summit of the world almost scratching the sky, you could put your feet on the
ground which is something not many can do.
I don't know what move us to
take decisions so hard like the ones we have to take, I know that
circumstances can be extreme and that many critical things depend on them for
the rest of our lives. The decisions are correct or incorrect.
I am sure you did the right
thing, maybe without thinking if all that would generate among all of us who
have the honor to know you.
It is something we would feel
proud of and especially your son Iñaki, who at his short age you are already
teaching him how to be a man, how to be a HERO.
Sincerely, Arturo Madrazo
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