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Apr 27, 2014

Insight – Everest tragedy exposes big business behind noble pursuit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Blogging from Everest base camp after 16 sherpas were killed by an avalanche, American climber Ed Marzec lamented: “I am shamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion.”

Expressions of sympathy and regret were not enough, however, for the Nepali guides who take breathtaking risks to help Western clients scale the slopes of Everest and realise the ultimate conquest.

Apr 25, 2014

Fresh avalanches dash last hopes for blighted Everest season

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Fresh ice avalanches struck on a perilous route where 16 Everest sherpas were killed last week, hiking officials said on Friday, making it almost certain that no one will summit the world’s highest mountain from Nepal during this year’s climbing season.

“Teams are leaving, it’s over for all,” said leading climber Alan Arnette on his website. “Time to mourn and regroup.”

Apr 24, 2014

More teams withdraw, Nepal’s Everest season in jeopardy

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Several foreign climbing expeditions have called off attempts to scale Everest following an avalanche that killed at least 13 local guides, meaning Nepal faces an entire season without a single ascent of the mountain for the first time in decades.

The toll from last Friday’s accident was the highest in a single day in Everest history, and many Sherpas who are angry over their treatment at the hands of foreign mountaineers and the government have refused to guide visitors up the climb.

Apr 23, 2014

Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week’s deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed.

Two Western expedition organizers said tension was running high at the camp among the roughly 400 Sherpas there, with many demanding that all climbs to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit be abandoned for the rest of the season and others keen to continue.

Apr 22, 2014

Nepal government meets sherpas’ demands after deadly avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government agreed on Tuesday to compensation demands for Mount Everest sherpas, after the single deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain killed at least 13 guides.

Expedition leaders said tension was running high at Everest base camp after last Friday’s incident, which has rekindled debate on the disproportionate risks that sherpas take helping foreign mountaineers reach the 8,850-metre summit.

Apr 21, 2014

As Nepali sherpa families cremate Everest victims, anger grows

KATHMANDU, April 21 (Reuters) – Nepali families cremated
eight Mount Everest sherpas on Monday as anger grew over how
much compensation should be paid to victims of the single
deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain.

The eight bodies, out of a total of 13 recovered at the
weekend, were driven through Nepal’s capital city in open
trucks, their coffins draped in yellow and cream cloth, before
being cremated separately.

Apr 21, 2014

Death toll climbs to at least 13 in worst tragedy on Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide on Saturday after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain.

The avalanche struck a perilous passage called the Khumbu Icefall, which is riddled with crevasses and piled with serac – or huge chunks of ice – that can break free without warning.

Apr 21, 2014

Nepal Sherpas demand compensation for families of avalanche victims

KATHMANDU, April 21 (Reuters) – Nepal’s Sherpas have
demanded compensation of $10,000 for the families of 16
colleagues dead or missing in an avalanche on Mount Everest and
double the insurance cover for expeditions on the world’s
highest mountain, crowded with climbers.

The government has announced an immediate payment of $400 to
the victims’ families to cover funeral costs.

Apr 20, 2014

Search ends for missing on Everest, some Sherpas call for shutdown

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Rescuers have given up searching for three sherpa guides missing two days after the deadliest ever accident on Nepal’s Mount Everest killed at least 13 and shocked the mountaineering world.

Snow and huge chunks of ice swept down the perilous and crevasse-riddled Khumbu Icefall on Friday as guides ferried supplies to upper camps for foreign climbers trying to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

Apr 19, 2014

Search resumes after Everest’s worst climbing tragedy

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain.

Climbers declared a four-day halt to efforts to scale the 8,848-metre (29,029-ft) summit and, while some decided to abandon their mission, others said they would go ahead after talking to their Nepali guides.