Everest: Two Injured in Khumbu Icefall Collapse

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A rescue helicopter approaches the Khumbu Icefall earlier today. Photo: Tim Mosedale.
A Sherpa and a foreign climber were in the Khumbu Icefall at about 5,700m when part of a serac collapsed. Falling chunks of ice injured the climbers.
Tashi Sherpa, Dawa Finjo Sherpa, and Sobit Gauchan from Seven Summit Treks tended the stricken pair until a helicopter evacuated them to a hospital in Kathmandu, The Himalayan Times reported.
Guide Tim Mosedale was on his way down to the village of Gorak shep and saw the helicopter rescue. “The skill and professionalism that the heli pilots exhibit in this remote high altitude environment are utterly spectacular,” he wrote. “There’s very little margin for error up here, and these guys are outstanding.”
Nepali guide Vinayak Yay Malla confirms that everyone may have to stay where they are, above or below the Icefall, for now. “The current condition of the Khumbu Icefall is unstable,” he said. “[Everyone should] avoid the section for the next days.”
Climbers are progressing on Everest despite an increasing number of COVID cases in Base Camp and Nepal’s worsening pandemic.
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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Ian
Ian
3 days ago

Glad to hear the Sherpa and the tourist have been looked after by the skilled heli pilots!

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barbara
barbara
3 days ago

the whole season with its big covid shadows seems spooky and wrong like under a dark star. all involved seem to be in a survival mood: the sherpas for their income, the expedteams for their money, the gov for money and reputation and the climbers for just doing it no matter how the situation has changed and is changing.

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Last edited 3 days ago by barbara
Greenboots
Greenboots
3 days ago
Reply to  barbara

I have a very bad feeling about this season. Hope none of the Sherpas get hurt.

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barbara
barbara
3 days ago
Reply to  barbara

just in the news that nepal has cancelled a l l flights for 2 weeks.and that hospitals are running off oxygen and too many patients..

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Nigel Smethurst
Nigel Smethurst
2 days ago

Any chance you can tag all the Everest reports with the “8000ers” tag?

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Jerry Kobalenko
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2 days ago

Sure. We’ve added it to several and will continue to do so.

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