Skip to comments.Climbers feared missing after Mt. Everest Avalance
Posted on 04/17/2014 8:31:09 PM PDT by machogirl
Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association says four or five climbers are believed to have been buried and more injured by an avalanche that swept the slopes of Mount Everest.
This is just breaking. Not much info out yet. All sourced to AP.
Wonder if they didn’t ‘respect the mountain’.
Always have respect for the mountain. It takes several weeks to reach the summit.
The LIVE JUMP from Mt. Everest (Discovery similar to last years walk over the Grand Canyon) is scheduled for May 11th.
Other news from Base Camp, “Clues to Type 2 Diabetes discovered on Mr. Everest”.
That is the ‘rule of the Mountain’.
The Mountain talks. I’ve been “obsessed” (not sure that is the word I’d like to use, but) with the Climbing Teams every year. Even if I had the “pocket change”, I’d never go, but I follow news of The Mountain.
A dumpsite full of Snicker wrappers was found.
You are probably “spot on”.
a good place to die
That is a lot to ponder. I suppose it depends on one’s outlook and background. They know the risks. I haven’t read much on how the winter was there this season.
Happened at 6:30 am Nepal time. I imagine with Camp two being at the top of the Icefall, climbers were just moving through the area.
That is awesome. I got to meet Ed Viesters last year. Would love to meet David Breashers.
Every so often the Mountain demands a sacrifice.
Sad, I’m sure it was pretty busy at that time with climbers moving up to fix ropes and acclimatize.
Click on the green hotspot at lower right. Then zoom in on the giant art projects on the ice. Zoom WAY in on the bottom art project from the Groton school STEM program.
Then head to your bathroom for a BIG BARF gusher.
This is the blog for one of the teams.
Many Sherpas at camp 2, readying the camp and more were headed to camp 2.
Can’t find much info from the Teams “social media” feeds.
Sorry I am not seeing it.
Nothing happens when I click on the green hot spots.
quick link to camp 2
One of my distant relatives died on Mt. Everest.
Someone wrote a book about his adventure and subsequent death.
I couldn’t see anything either. I figured it was just me. There is a LOT with a computer I can’t do. lol
I heard there are about 200 bodies still up on the mountain...it’s impossible to bring them down.
First blogging from Everest about what happened. At least TWO Sherpa killed, many missing.
“Early Friday morning, April 18th, an avalanche off the West Shoulder of Everest has buried climbers, mostly if not all were Sherpa, working to carry loads to Camps 1 and 2. At least two Sherpa are confirmed killed in avalanche and at least two have been rescued but many more are missing
Remember that early report are always wrong so please consider this as an early report. However, I have eyewitness reports.
Rescue is underway and helicopters have been called. All climbing has stopped for the day.
The avalanche hit just below Camp 1 and above the top of the Khumbu Icefall according to eyewitness reports.
Gavin Turner climbing just below the avalanche reported this just now:
I am safely back at Base Camp.
I was climbing through the icefall this morning at about 6am when a very large avalanche struck a couple of hundred meters above us. I was with my incredible Sherpa, Phu Tsering. We watched the enormous avalanche cloud approach us and we were both covered in snow dust. After some initial concern, we knew we were safe and essentially out of harms way. Phu Tsering chanted some Buddhist prayers and made an offering to the mountain. The avalanche cloud covered us, but fortunately we were a couple of hundred meters under the impact zone.
There were many climbers and Sherpas above us, higher in the icefall, and an unknown number of them (reportedly all Sherpas) have been killed and injured. The rescue is underway and many Sherpas and westerners were rushing up the mountain to assist in the rescue as I was descending.
I am extremely grateful to be back at base camp and feel deeply saddened and shocked at the loss of life today.
My prayers are with all touched by this tragedy.....”
Same happened to me until I discovered if you carefully hover your mouse right over the green line (not IN the green box), the cursor changes and you can click. It’ll zoom you way in if you wait a little bit. Try it again.
These people are too much.
Please, don’t tell me it’s some “art” of “the One”, Barack Obama.
Twitter hashtag has info.
Sorry all. I just realized I did NOT spell AVALANCHE correctly. geez
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May 29, 2013
7 Things You Should Know About Mount Everest
By Jesse Greenspan
On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay completed the first confirmed ascent of Mount Everest, which stands 29,035 feet above sea level. Though the two mountaineers spent only about 15 minutes on the snow-covered summit, they managed to snap a few photos, share a celebratory hug and eat a bar of mint cakean early version of todays energy bars. Tenzing, a Nepalese Sherpa, also left some of the sweets as a Buddhist offering, and Hillary, a beekeeper from New Zealand, placed a cross nearby. On the 60th anniversary of their widely celebrated feat, which Hillary described as knocking the bastard off, here are seven things you may not know about Earths highest mountain.
1. No one knew of Everest as the roof of the world until the 19th century.
In 1802, the British launched what became known as the Great Trigonometrical Survey in order to map the Indian subcontinent. Heavy equipment, rugged terrain, monsoons, malaria and scorpions made the work exceedingly difficult. Nonetheless, the surveyors were able to take astonishingly accurate measurements. They soon proved that the Himalayasand not the Andes, as previously believedwere the worlds highest mountain range. By 1852, they had fingered Everest, then called Peak XV, as the king of them all, and by 1856 they had calculated its height as 29,002 feet above sea level. A 1999 survey using state-of-the-art GPS technology found them off by only 33 feet.
2. Hillary and Tenzing might have been beat to the summit.
George Mallory, a British schoolteacher, participated in the first three documented attempts to scale Mount Everest from 1921 to 1924. Before the last of those expeditions, he wrote, It is almost unthinkable that I shant get to the top; I cant see myself coming down defeated. On June 4, 1924, a teammate made it within about 900 vertical feet of the summit before turning back. Mallory and climbing partner Andrew Irvine then made their own attempt for glory. They departed the 26,800-foot Camp VI on June 8 and were last seen that afternoon trudging upwards in their tweed coats, hobnailed boots and other primitive apparel. Some people believe that Mallory and Irvine reached the summit before dying on the way down. A camera they supposedly carried could perhaps solve the mystery, but it was not among the items in Mallorys pockets when his corpse finally was discovered in 1999. Irvines body remains unfound.
3. Tenzing had almost reached the top once before.
After Mallorys death, the next 10 or so expeditions to Mount Everest also failed. Tenzing gained valuable experience participating in six of them, starting off as a porter and later progressing into a full team member. In 1952 he and a Swiss climber came within about 800 vertical feet of the toplikely higher than anyone had ever gone. He broke his own record the next year by reaching the summit with Hillary. Since then, around 4,000 other mountaineers have likewise climbed Everest, including Hillarys son and one of Tenzings sons.
4. Corpses are often left behind when a climber dies en route.
About 240 people have died attempting to climb Mount Everest. Avalanches, rockslides, blizzards, falls, altitude sickness, freezing temperatures, exhaustion and combinations thereof have all proven fatal, particularly in the so-called death zone above 26,000 feet. Since getting them down is grueling and dangerous, most of the corpses remain up there. They are well preserved in the snow and apparently serve as trail markers for climbers who pass by. Everests deadliest day occurred in May 1996, when eight people perished in a storm. Yet that incident, made famous by Jon Krakauers book Into Thin Air, did nothing to stem the tide of people willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a chance to tame Earths highest mountain. Traffic jams have even been reported near the top, and a fistfight broke out this April between three European climbers and more than 100 Sherpas, over what the guides deemed to be rude and dangerous behavior during an attempted ascent. Meanwhile, the deaths keep coming, including at least 10 last year and around eight this year.
5. Everests litter problem goes well beyond cadavers.
As early as 1963, a climber wrote in National Geographic that parts of Mount Everest had become the highest junkyard on the face of the Earth. Empty oxygen bottles, human excrement, food packaging, broken climbing gear and torn tents continue to spoil the environment there. A single cleanup in spring 2011 removed over 8 tons of trash from Everest, and many more tons remain uncollected. In order to counteract the problem, Nepals government now requires climbers to bring back all of their equipment or risk losing a $4,000 deposit. New trash bins and a waste incinerator have also recently been installed near the mountain.
6. Few animals venture into Everests upper reaches.
Sagarmatha National Park, which includes Mount Everest and surrounding peaks, supports a variety of mammals at its lower elevations, from snow leopards and musk deer to red pandas and Himalayan tahr. About 150 bird species also reside within the park. Almost no wildlife, however, is found above 20,000 feet, the point at which permanent snow prevents even the hardiest lichens and mosses from growing. Among the exceptions are Himalayan jumping spiders, which have been observed as high as 22,000 feet, where they eat insects blown up by the wind; yellow-billed choughs, a crow-like bird, which have followed mountaineers up to about 26,500 feet; and bar-headed geese, which migrate over Mount Everest on their way from the Tibetan Plateau to Indias marshes.
7. Everest is the highest point from sea level, but other mountains are taller.
Mauna Kea, a volcano on Hawaiis Big Island, tops out at 13,796 feet above sea level. But because it rises from the ocean floor, its base-to-summit height is actually more than 33,000 feet, making it, by that measurement at least, the tallest mountain in the world. Nor is Everest the closest to outer space. Because Earth isnt a perfect sphereit bulges at the middlethat honor belongs to 20,561-foot Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador.
They are going to blame global warming for the avalanche...
That would be a given.
thank you! I am a bit of a freak about that Mountain.
Sounds like most fisherman that I see.
“A dumpsite full of Snicker wrappers was found.”
“A single cleanup in spring 2011 removed over 8 tons of trash from Everest, and many more tons remain uncollected.”
In reality, this is what the people who climb Mt. Everest are remembered for. True nature-lovers, they are.
That’s because they aren’t doing itbright.
Right you are. Brainwashing the little buggers begins early doesn’t it?
They should be required to take away with them everything they brought, poop in plastic bags, and all.
visit scenic Mt Everest.
you could be the next Green Boots.
Godspeed to the guides. They do a difficult job basically making a walkway for westerners to make it to the top, and rarely get the credit for the hard work they do, versus the westerners who mug for the camera after making it to the top.
I never understood why people go into the mountains and climb these mountains until I began trekking in Nepal and Peru. Now I understand why people risk their lives doing this, though it is not a risk I could ever accept. I may try Island Peak someday at 21,000 feet, but that is as high as I would ever go. To date, the highest I have been trekking is 18,000 feet.
Death toll now at 12; all were sherpas.
That thing is like a “Use your mouse while looking in a mirror” test - it’s bass ackwards to what you expect when you try to move around in it.
LOL...that really threw me. Completely opposite normal mouse / trackpad usage, isn’t it? As gorgeous as the project is, you have to wonder about the dyslexic that designed that interaction.
Sad news. Thank you.
I know who Green Boots is. No thanks. I wouldn’t even go to ‘trek to Base Camp’.
Yep, Without the Sherpa, it would be even more difficult.
Video of avalanche from Camp 1