Avalanche kills 12 in single deadliest accident on Mount Everest


Locutus
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Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A high-altitude avalanche Friday killed 12 Sherpa guides and seriously wounded three in the single deadliest accident on Mount Everest, officials said.

Four others are missing, said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti of Nepal's Tourism Ministry, adding that six people were injured in total.

A group of about 50 people, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, said Tilak Ram Pandey of the ministry's mountaineering department.

The avalanche took place just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.

The climbers were accounted for, Pandey said. "Rescue teams have gone ... to look for the missing."

Before Friday, the deadliest single-day toll was from an accident in May 1996, when eight climbers disappeared (external - login to view) when a huge storm hit. Their tragic story was chronicled in Jon Krakauer's bestselling book "Into Thin Air."

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Between May 15 and 30 is usually the best window for reaching the 29,028-foot peak.

Climbers and guides had been setting the ropes for the route, acclimating to the climate and preparing the camps along the route when the avalanche hit Friday, said Gordon Janow with Alpine Ascents International in Seattle.

Climbers arrive in April to acclimate to the altitude before heading toward the summit of the world's highest mountain.

Ethnic Sherpas acts as guides for the mostly foreign clients.

Busiest season

The spring climbing season is the busiest of the year.

About 334 foreign climbers have been given permission to climb Everest over the next couple of months, with an estimated 400 Sherpas helping them, mountaineering official Dipendra Poudel said.

Until the late 1970s, only a handful of climbers reached the top each year. The number topped 100 for the first time in 1993. By 2004, it was more than 300. In 2012, the number was more than 500.

The deadliest year on Everest was 1996, when 15 people died. Another 12 climbers were killed in 2006.

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Sal
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A risk takers adventure for sure. One knows when one starts out that death is part of the risk.

Tragic.
 
#juan
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The number of people killed on that stupid mountain is amazing:

List of people who died climbing Mount Everest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

The number of people killed on that stupid mountain is amazing:

List of people who died climbing Mount Everest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

the mountain has taken some Canadians I notice...that is a very long list.
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

the mountain has taken some Canadians I notice...that is a very long list.

I read on the news this morning that they found another body, which brings the death toll up to 13. These
people were killed back at one of the base camps, not during an assault on the summit
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

I read on the news this morning that they found another body, which brings the death toll up to 13. These
people were killed back at one of the base camps, not during an assault on the summit

what?
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

what?

They were killed at about twenty thousand feet at one of the base camps. It is almost two miles from the summit.
 
Liberalman
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They are taking rich people up the mountain can't the rich people take a helicopter to the top?
 
JamesBondo
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I hope the taxes collected from Abdul at the Buy and Save Foodmart is not going toward the rescue of thrill seekers.


Everest should work on the principle of 'the many idiots pay for the mistakes of the few' ie anyone idiotic enough to climb Everest should pay into the pot that pays for the rescue of the fewer climbers that have an incident on Everest.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

They are taking rich people up the mountain can't the rich people take a helicopter to the top?

good business for eurocopter
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

They are taking rich people up the mountain can't the rich people take a helicopter to the top?

No....rich people can't take a helicopter to the top of Mount Everest.
Too high.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

No....rich people can't take a helicopter to the top of Mount Everest.
Too high.

'twas done back in 2005 but sans passengers.

Everest 2005: The Helicopter land on Everest with video: But it is good? (external - login to view)
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

They were killed at about twenty thousand feet at one of the base camps. It is almost two miles from the summit.

but they still died on the mountain because of conditions they could not cope in correct?

or are you saying something else
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

but they still died on the mountain because of conditions they could not cope in correct?

or are you saying something else

No No, you are absolutely right. The point, if I had one, was that when they were killed it wasn't up near the top of the mountain it was lower at one of the base camps where an ice fall could catch them relatively all together. I hope that during the climb they would be more spread out.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

No No, you are absolutely right. The point, if I had one, was that when they were killed it wasn't up near the top of the mountain it was lower at one of the base camps where an ice fall could catch them relatively all together. I hope that during the climb they would be more spread out.

ah okay, my mind was going in a bad direction thinking perhaps "someone"/foul play etc...
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

They are taking rich people up the mountain can't the rich people take a helicopter to the top?

Googleing, it looks like the summit is several thousand feed above the maximum height of most helicopters. There is a claim of a helicopter landing in 2005 on top of Mt. Everest but that is in dispute given the model of helicopter was not rated for anywhere close to that height.

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