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    Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    This isn't good.

    KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak.

    The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts.
    An injured survivor told his relatives that the path up the mountain was unstable just before the avalanche. As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers and climbers rushed to help.

    Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the four missing guides...

    Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12 | New York Post

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Terrible accident. I know climbers bring a lot of money to the Sherpas in the area, and the job has a lot of honor with it - but it sure is a dangerous job. Poor Sherpas; and their poor families and friends.

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    I was a mountaineer in my youth. I was always terrified of avalanches. Any climber should be. What a disaster. Sorry to hear about it.

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    This isn't good.
    I agree. What is doubly tragic is that the dead were all Sherpa porters. Unlike the wealthy western clients who chose to put themselves at risk for the duration of a single climb, the Sherpas must continuosly put themselves at risk as porting for climbers is the only paying job in the area. In addition, the Sherpas handle alot of the dangerous work that many of the climbers lack the skill to do themselves.

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    Terrible accident. I know climbers bring a lot of money to the Sherpas in the area, and the job has a lot of honor with it - but it sure is a dangerous job. Poor Sherpas; and their poor families and friends.
    Clearly one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Wow. I just watched The Summit last night, a documentary about the 2008 tragedy on K2. It was so insanely intense. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be climbing a mountain and get swept into an avalanche and off a cliff thousands of meters tall. Just unreal and terrible.
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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Wow. I just watched The Summit last night, a documentary about the 2008 tragedy on K2. It was so insanely intense. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be climbing a mountain and get swept into an avalanche and off a cliff thousands of meters tall. Just unreal and terrible.
    That is a good documentary. I've watched it often.

    For those who may be interested, it's on youtube

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    There's a inherent danger to climbing Everest or K2, so its hard to get too upset when something like this happens

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    There's a inherent danger to climbing Everest or K2, so its hard to get too upset when something like this happens
    I forget the exact numbers but like 1 in 6 who reach the summit of either do not make it down alive. THe sad part of this story today is the dead are all worker bees, not spoiled adventurers.

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    Re: Worst Everest disaster ever as huge avalanche kills 12

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    I forget the exact numbers but like 1 in 6 who reach the summit of either do not
    make it down alive. THe sad part of this story today is the dead are all worker bees, not spoiled adventurers.
    Yea I hated to hear that.

    But until the Napalese Govt steps in and protects that mountain , the Continued Commercialization of Everest is going to continue.

    Some have proposed restricting Oxygen use unless in a absolute emergency, which would cut out bottlenecks, which contributed to the 96 disaster.

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