Friday, December 09, 2022

The challenges of going from ‘living’ with death: Chilean climbers and their arduous journey through Manaslu

Chilean climbers Galo Viguera and Felipe Bishara narrowly escaped death while climbing to the summit of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world.

Chilean climbers Felipe Bishara why gallo viguera ‘survived’ with death on his first major Himalayan expedition, A deadly avalanche and climatic factors prevented him from reaching the top. Manaslu,

Athletes faced an interesting journey through last September’s eighth-highest mountain in the world, which was intended to be the most enduring tour in our country’s history. National couple try to conquer Nepalese massif with a style Pure, minimal and autonomousWhich would leave the smallest possible carbon footprint without using a helicopter or supplemental oxygen.

Despite a long preparation of almost 10 months, the national athlete, a member of lippy teamthey could not attack the peak because of Bad weather and avalanche in which two people died: A Sherpa and Hilary Nelson, recognized worldwide for being the first women to summit two ‘eight thousandrs’ (Everest and Lhotse).

In conversation with BioBioChile, Bishara and Viguera explain the problems facing the region, located between India and Tibet. ,‘Best’ are the things that make you at the right place at the right time and you have to trust, It all started on September 25 when we decided to separate from Gallo,” Felipe Bishara said at the beginning.

“On the 26th I am preparing to leave Base Camp to pass Camp IV (7,400m) and then descend in one go. I woke up later than scheduled and when we met Gallo at Camp II, 10 minutes early, We heard on the radio that there was an avalanche between Camp IV and Camp III”, he remarked.

“Then uncertainty arose, because we did not know if they died or were injured, number of people (…) Gallo planned to come to III that day and I would play IV by passing III. once we get to III we find it View of injured people, anxious Sherpas looking to leave their clients to tend to their injured colleagues”, he complemented.

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Then came the most relevant statement. ,Thus, by some divine fact, I didn’t wake up at the time that suited me, I did it later, and if I calculate I could have been between Camp III and Camp IV at the time of the avalancheBishara said.

story of gallo

Regarding Gallo’s experience of this complex moment, the athlete explained that “it’s not much different than Felipe’s those were tough times, That day we met Felipe at Camp II, we went to Camp III and there we found out what had happened.

“It coincides with the death of the famous American skier Hillary Nelson, She and her husband reached the summit and when they descended, Mrs. He made a bad move, got carried away with some snow – a small avalanche – and fell down the other side of the mountain at 2,000 meters, They found him several days later by helicopter,” Viguera said.

To conclude the topic, the climber pointed out that “the avalanche was not just snow, it was with ice cubesThis is why he injured so many people with internal bleeding and wear and tear. The sad stories didn’t end here, they continued for days after.

what survived through manaslu and next challenges

On the other hand, the national athletes did not play first Impossibility of reaching 8,163 meters of the mountain, He said that this visit was also a positive experience as it was beyond sports.

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“personally, it changes your life, To know a culture like Nepalese, to know the Sherpas and the people living in this country has a very deep sense of spirituality and living in the present which is very different from what we live”, Felipe Bishara declared.

“We’re basically (in Chile) more focused on consumption, on measuring your income. There with a good karma, with a good energy, with a good camaraderie, that’s all they need to live“, He added.

Along the same lines, he added that “although it is a sporting milestone, it also changes your life to know the culture and the mountains of this altitude and to finally live the full experience of both.” The strength and will that combined with Gallo to embark on such an adventure,

When asked if they would go for the rematch, Bishara said that “More than that, we know that the mountain speaks, we knew how to listen to it and we came back. Nowadays we have such experiences. but there is a ‘bug’ of the desire to return, but personally I would look for another type of mountain, to know another range, as Manaslu has sections exposed to avalanches,

“Avenger is go to another mountain of 8 thousand meters, And maybe go back to Manaslu when the conditions are right, but we will have to discuss it with the Gallos.”

Although the representatives of the Lippi team did not reach the goal this time, they do not rule out trying again in the future. ,sport is everything to me, We already have some projects planned for next year, so this This is just the beginning of our career”, Viguera pointed out.

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