The flags of Athletic and
Diputación wave on Camp 2 at 7,500 meters
In a phone conversation from
Advanced Base Camp at 6,500 meters, Joseba Sanz said his last impressions
while waiting for a window of good weather to start the definitive attack to
The job of mounting
intermediate camps and carry material has been delayed much more that
expected. He wants to attack the summit in alpine style from Camp 2 at 7,500
meters when he sees a good weather forecast of 3 to 4 days.
In case this attempt fails,
he plans to have a permit for one more week for a second attack.
Each season only 2 or 3
people make the summit without oxygen in contrast to more that 100 that use
it, so it gives you an idea of how much effort is needed.
These summits can not be
compared to Messner's in 1980. He did not only climbed alone with no oxygen
but he did it without support or high altitude camps, doing it in alpine
style, on the North face, opening a new route (in 78 it was from the South).
And he did it "out of season", in August in full monsoon. This is considered
by many experts by the ascent with the most merit in the history of mountain
This can't be done today
because the mountain is full of people and ropes. Goran Kopp rode on a bicycle
from Stockholm to Everest and back but said he was not alone all the way to
Sponsors for this adventure :
Fundacion Athletic Club, Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia, Ayuntamiento de Bilbao,
Euskaltel, Euskal Telebista, Bilvending, FORUM, TNT, Eroski-Bilbondo, Ikatz,
Serval, Artiach, Chiruca, Calcetines Mund, Isdin, Coleman.
Joseba Sanz Basque
Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera