I am going to be a few days
at Base. I climbed yesterday up to Camp 1 with one of the Sherpas who are
fixing the Khumbu icefall. It was really neat, they accepted me in their
group, I helped carry ropes up to 6,000 m., they were very happy. Thursday
(today) and Friday (tomorrow), we are going to be resting at Base and on
Saturday we will climb to sleep at Camp 1. On Friday we are going to have a
Puja (a Buddhist ritual) so that Sherpas are in peace with their Gods. I
already have said some Our Fathers and Ave Marias.
Me and the Sherpas fixed
yesterday one of the most difficult ladders of the route. We joined five
vertical ladders to pass a wall of ice of about 15 meters. It was really hard
but we have passed the most difficult part of the icefall. It looks like the
icefall won't be as hard this year as it has been in previous years. The
Sherpas were very happy when I helped them, they even gave me a rice talisman,
sanctified by a very special Lama, to be protected from avalanches, rocks,
crevasses, etc. They told me that I had to carry it always in my coat...
There it is. Around my neck I carry my wedding ring and an Iņaki medal, those
are my real talismans.
I have to leave you because
we have to move the generator and we have to unplug everything. The Base Camp
organization has been a bit busy, everybody comes to me for questions and
complaints... I think there would be still a couple of days before everything
is stable, I have to be patient.
Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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