WE ARE STILL ON THE MORAINE
It's been 45 days since we
arrived to this place. I remember how, that June 6, we arrived full of
illusion, fresh, with the healthy intention of making things right and fast to
be able to go back to our beloved ones in a prudential time. Nothing has
evolved as we thought. Today I am here sitting, writing and I see how some
expeditions who arrived much later that us, go back home, disappointed and
with empty hands. I realize we have been here a lot of time.
The weather has not treated
us good this year, it has not given us an opportunity to develop our
activities. We have been scratching, using the scarce days of more or less
good weather we've had, a few meters which at the end have lead us to the
7,000 m. mark. It is not enough. So far at base camp, we should have climbed
one of the Gasherbrum and we'd be waiting for a chance to climb another.
However, we are watching the snow fall and watching a good part of the
expeditions going back home to continue with their lives.
We have decided to bet on
something bigger. We had delayed our return tickets and we had asked for more
supplies. We will use our last drop of energy here and we will withstand up
to 60 days on base camp. A lot, maybe too much for our wasted minds, but we
need a chance to fight in the heights. We need a window of acceptable weather
to start an attack and to justify all the time we've spent here. We avidly
read the weather forecasts, without seeing any noticeable change. It doesn't
matter, it's been decided. We will be the first to arrive and the last to
leave, but it can't be any other way. While we still have some energy we will
continue here, hoping for the 3 days of good weather to come, 3 days of
mountain climbing and, why not, 3 days of glory. We don't lose our hope,
although the ambition in our eyes little by little, as the day and the snow
fall, diminishes a little more...
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