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  God Bless the Italians: The Ladies Summit Everest!


Update God Bless the Italians! The ladies were running out of oxygen on the way down and the Italians came up and helped them. The ladies are safe.

Update: 05/19/04: They have reached the summit!!!!

Today at 7:45 h. local, 4 in the morning Catalan time, the DONES EVEREST 2004 EXPEDITION HAVE REACHED THE SUMMIT!!! 

Maite and Nuria were on the top of the world for just enough time to shoot the pictures, and now they are coming down at the speed that their legs and prudence allows them. 

They have plenty of time, which means they will meet soon with their other teammates at A.B.C.

05/19/04: They are coming down.

Maite [Hernández] and Nuria [Balagué], after having reached the summit, have arrived to Camp III, where they will rest and spend the night.

Tomorrow they plan to continue their descent to A.B.C. 

Update Here are two very short updates about the girls from Catalunya: 05-18-04: Today at 8 h. in the morning (Catalan time), Maite and Nuria sleep at Camp III, on their way to the summit.

Meanwhile, Silvia is turning to A. B. C., where she will meet Marisa. Tomorrow, if the monsoon which is coming from the Bengali Gulf lets them, the expedition could assault the summit of Xomolungma (wrongly called Everest by Westerners). 

05-16-04: Today Maite, Nuria and Silvia have left Advanced Base Camp towards Camp I, in the North Col. The idea, if the weather is proper, is to push for the summit on the 19th. Let’s hope their strength and the weather keep being favorable.

Summit is the goal.

Jorge Rivera

Dispatches

The team is made by four ladies from Barcelona:

  • Nuria Balagué i Gomez, born 12-5-1969, a psychologist and mountain instructor.
  • Maite Hernández i Martínez, born 11-17-1972, a Phys-Ed teacher and emergency rescuer.
  • Sílvia Ferrandis i Barrés, born 1-3-1970, a surgeon and volunteer firewoman.
  • Marisa Huguet Mora, born 6-21-1963, an art educator and filmmaker.

Their plan is to climb Everest, via the North Face, during April 2004.  The expedition starts on March 30 and ends on June 10.

The proposed plan is as follows:

DAYS

ACTION

  Day 1

  Departure in commercial flight to Katmandu.

  Day 2

  Arrival to Katmandu.

  Day 3 and 4

  Paper work and preparation in Katmandu.

  Day 5-25

  Trekking to Everest's South Base Camp from Luclka.

  Day 26-30

  Flight to Lhasa and final trip to Tibetan Base Camp.

  Day 31-70

  Acclimatization days and mountain ascent.

  Day 71-72

  Return from Base towards the border.

  Day 72

  Arrival to Katmandu.

  Day 73-75

  Free days in Katmandu. Final paper work.

  Day 76

  Departure in commercial flight back to Barcelona.

  Day 77

  Arrival to Catalunya

Translated from Catalán by Jorge Rivera

 

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