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    SATURDAY 30TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    It hasn’t been possible. The wind continues punishing us and we have been another day in the tent, hoping uselessly that it stop blowing. The margin of time is diminishing to reach the summit, but we are not going to commit any recklessness. Therefore, we will have to hope that the [...]

    FRIDAY 29TH MAY

     
    MESSAGES
    To Michelle Deal: “I love you, don’t worry, I feel ready and strong enough to climb up, Kisses”
     To Geert family and friends: “The grass don’t go by pull in it, even at -30º”
    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    Another day of bad weather. Another day in the tent. At 8 p.m. the wind has stopped blowing and [...]

    THURSDAY 28TH MAY

     
    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
     
    The storm continues and the wind still is blowing very loudly, but it has stopped snowing. About 9 p.m. we have glimpsed a sunbeam and probably tomorrow we let’s raise even until 5000m and continue with our plans.
     
    During all day, in order to avoid being bored, and to do a bit [...]

    WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
     
    Today we spent all day inside the tent. The snowstorm and
    wind started earlier than expected, and it’s very cold. During the day
    temperatures outside the tent range from -15ºC to -25ºC and from
    -5ºC to -10ºC inside the tent. During the night the temperature can go between -20ºC and -30ºC outside, and between [...]

    TUESDAY 26TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    Today we have had an active day of rest: we are in the camp to 4400m, and we have been recovering the material that we had to 200m down and building an ice bricks wall to protect us well in case of storm. In fact, the forecasts for tomorrow are not [...]

    MONDAY 25TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    I already mentioned it yesterday … It’s an impressive cold here … Today we have gone up to the Advanced Camp, which is to 4.400m. We have done basically the same thing we did yesterday, but with a difference in height of more than 200m. However, it has been a very [...]

    SUNDAY 24TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    Today has been another complete day. We have moved the material up to 4200m. This movement of going and return would not have too much transcendency if we haven’t passed twice for two dangerous points:
    - One is the “Windy Corner”. This corner is a section that is just under a great rocky [...]

    SATURDAY 23TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    Today we have rested. It’s important to recover well after every effort to get the maximum forces in the most extreme sections and, simultaneously, it’s advisable to do a slow acclimatization.
    So today, we have only descended 100m to recover the deposit of material that we buried.
    Lately I have the sensation that [...]

    FRIDAY 22TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    Today we have encamped to 340m, a bit more above where we buried the material and where we will sleep three nights.
    I have had several experiences of mountain but a difference between them is that it’s so tiring to make the daily tour as mount and prepare the camp.
    The tents must [...]

    THURSDAY 21TH MAY

    THE CHRONICLE OF THE DAY
    Last night we transported a deposit with material, as I said yesterday. The distance might be compared with climb from the Renclusa to the Aneto (Spain Mountains) and return to go down. This complicated section has had an inequality of 1000m and it has served us to start controlling the raise [...]