Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dominicans climb Mount Everest

With 28, 31 and 33 pounds lighter, after nine hours of flight on the route from Madrid to Santo Domingo, exactly two months apart from family, work and friends, but full of appreciation for the acomplished work, the three dominicans who rose the highest point on Earth arrived to the Dominican Republic.

Karim Mella, the first Dominican to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Ivan Gomez, who did it 40 minutes later, on May 20, and Federico Jovine, whom the technical and health problems prevented him from reaching the top, were received as heroes.

The Dominican trio achieved their goal in a month where four other climbers have died trying to reach the closest point to heaven.

Two months sleeping on the floor, with temperatures below zero,with influenza, altitude sickness, burns on their faces. One of the obstacles that prevented the trio achieved the target in the first attempt were winds over 80 miles per hour at 8.848 meters above sea level in the Himalayas.

"Dominicans we can. We have the satisfaction of accomplishment. We have done all this sacrifice because we wanted to see waving the Dominican flag on the highest pedestal in the world and we did it, " Gomez said after embracing his eldest son Axel, six months old.

A documentary about the preparations, participation and arrival will be presented in the Dominican theaters in the coming months under the editing and production of Giancarlos Beras Goico.

"Nowhere, ever, the flag will fly as high as it did that day. I was not there to see or to hear the magical sound, but my teammates Karim and Ivan, I guarantee that we accounted for more than nine million dominicans, on the top were all, "said Jovine.

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