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Everest speed climb: Pato aborts above C3

Posted: May 30, 2012 06:51 am EDT

(Newsdesk) The only climber left in the game, Ecuadorian Patricio Tisalema has aborted his Everest speed climb attempt.

Pato said he turned back to save his sherpa. “The ascent was going as planned," Pato wrote, stating he climbed from ABC (6400m) to C1 (7100m) in 2 hours and 45 minutes. He reached camp 2 (7700m) in 4 hours and 20 minutes, and C3 (8300m) in 5 hours.

But shortly after Pato and his team mate Rafael left C3 their supporting Sherpa passed out. "Rafael and I had to give him first aid and that's when I had to make the hardest decision of my life," Pato wrote, "to continue for the summit or save the Sherpa."

"I decided to do a rescue. We returned to C3 and stabilized him. It was really a hard decision since I felt extremely well physically and thought that I would have reached the summit in about 6 hours, landing me a total time of 18h05'!"

Currently back in ABC Pato is reportedly distressed, very sad really, about the situation as he felt he had a very good chance. His webmaster told Explorersweb that, "he is also aware, however, that the life of a human being is worth more than a great objective."


Interview: Patricio Tisalema about speed-climbing Everest, "I will ask for permission to pass".
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Pato back for his own "una dia" challenge.
courtesy http://patriciotisalema.com/, SOURCE