Everest: Avalanche Pulverizes Camp 3

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Avalanches, unseen in the fog, roar around Everest Base Camp. Photo: Summit Climb

“Camp 3 was pulverized by an avalanche sweeping the Lhotse Face,” reports Dan Mazur. “All other teams take note: If you need it, we are here to help.”

News of the avalanche came from an unnamed Sherpa. No other details are available.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism has continued to issue terse, bland press releases suggesting that nothing much is happening. “Everest climbers are in Camp 2 and Base Camp,” it said.

Despite loads of snow and a bad forecast, several teams totaling 200 to 250 people have stubbornly waited in Camp 2. They planned to move up to Camp 3 today to begin their final summit push. Among them, climbers with Nirmal Purja, Seven Summit Treks, and Climbalaya.

No weather to climb in, but better than Camp 2. Stretching the legs today at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Summit Climb

Around the same time as Nepal’s anodyne press release, Dan Mazur of SummitClimb posted a vivid dispatch describing how the storm has developed into a full gale, “blowing horizontal curtains of blasted snow chunks/flakes, steady drumroll of whipping prayer flags and flapping nylon.”

A million tons of wet new snow

Mazur continued: “We may feel nervous here in BC, but can you imagine what’s happening in the camps above us? We say our prayers for them as we listen to roaring low bass notes of one million tons fresh heavy wet snow peeling off rock and ice faces above us, an avalanche boiling down onto moraine beside our tents, stopping there…for now.”

Csaba Varga confirmed that the situation is difficult in Camp 2. Every day, he says, another 30 to 40cm of fresh snow has dumped on them. The winds shriek at up to 70kph. He can hardly get out of the tent. He also confirms that avalanches have damaged C3 but has no details to what extent.

Varga, who is climbing without oxygen, fears the crowds moving up on their summit push if the weather clears as expected. Tomorrow, he will decide what to do.

Meanwhile, Mazur’s 20-person Summit Climb team remains stuck in Base Camp, poised to go home. They face a difficult choice: trek out in bad weather, wait in Base Camp for better weather and take a helicopter to Kathmandu, or to try to retrieve the gear they’ve left behind in higher camps.

For now, helicopters can’t fly. The weather should improve tomorrow, but the route may be in a very dangerous state after the heavy snowfall.

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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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Tal
Tal
2 months ago

So, how many people were thought to be resting/waiting at Camp 3?

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Pawel
Pawel
2 months ago
Reply to  Tal

most likely nobody is in Camp 3, all in camp 2

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Kelly
Kelly
2 months ago

Who dares wins. Go for it Nims.

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Adrian
Adrian
2 months ago
Reply to  Kelly

He’s a fool

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Semaj
Semaj
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian

He may be a fool,but he is cool……and he will not ask why,when it is his time to die…..for he awaits to feel his soul,escape mortality and externally flow……as free as an eagle’s prowess,soaring ever thus in oneness…..with the spiritual immenence,of God’s beautifying presence….
Semaj

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Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Semaj

What have you been smoking? I want some of it.

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David
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Smell that? Thats religon in his pipe.Brain cells be dammed

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago

Mingma Sherpa has a few recent pictures of Camp 2 and EBC on his FB page – showing lots and lots of fresh snow. He says (in the video on Climbalaya’s page) that there are about 200 climbers in C2 waiting for their summit push. It will be very hard to get up. Meanwhile, the Czech climbers are finally coming down Baruntse, thank God. Have a fine and happy day, everyone.

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James Martin
James Martin
1 month ago

So how much is the total cost to climb Everest and how does one train for such an epic climb

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Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  James Martin

Approximately 50k USD on average. You can follow the following training regime;

  1. Make an Instagram account
  2. Post photos of you doing stuff with cringeworthy inspirational quotes
  3. Get funded to climb Everest
  4. Fly to Nepal, hike to EBC
  5. Get hauled up by Sherpas
  6. Summit (optional) and descend to BC (mandatory)
  7. Post even more cringeworthy photos
  8. Profit
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Baśka
Baśka
1 month ago
Reply to  James Martin

Climb/summit Denali…start with Mt. Rainer… keep on mind getting to BC from Nepalese side is like hiking through a garbage dump for many miles… if you lucky you will survive w/o diarrhea…and make it to BC… then you are in a que with hundreds of others to move up to camps… with sherpas making sure you have all your equipment…food…water… and 7 bottles of oxygen you will need if there is no wait in the dead zone… or change your citicenship to Russian and climb from China side much cleaner and faster… you can be driven to that side’s BC…… Read more »

Semaj
Semaj
1 month ago
Reply to  James Martin

First,be somewhat insane….second,then think about climbing….third,pray,pray,pray,pray,and continue praying…fourth,meditation,yes meditate using the no mind technique,to the fullest extent permitted…
fifth,climb,climb,climb my son,and thus…..sixth,hope you summit,and…..seventh,seek,seek a good death if it is your time to die…..yes,these are the seven supernatural truths,of climbing,summiting,and yes,living to rage on afterwards to whom cares afterwards,unless of course,you died doing it,hopefully dying the good death…..

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Fritz B
Fritz B
1 month ago
Reply to  James Martin

If you have to ask, take up golf instead.

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago

Breaking news: All teams but Nim’s have cancelled their expedition and are descending the mountain due to the heavy snowfall and ensuing risk of avalanche. Well done! Safe descent! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4334267729924931&id=319747698043641

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

On a sidenote, I find it really touching that Climbalaya/ Mingma Sherpa wanted to summit today on Mt. Everest Day in honor of the pioneers Hillary and Norgay. Maybe next year!

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Adrian
Adrian
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

Climbalaya – sounds like somethint a 5yr old would come up with.

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Jay B
Jay B
1 month ago

Keep it up people and you will die. It’s up to you but for this alpinist, no mountain is worth leaving my wife a widow and my two young children without a father. Get some perspective people. Get off that mountain.

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Semaj
Semaj
1 month ago

Life is a bitch……and we all do die,and a lot of us….well,before our destined times,we are killed by nature,man or beast,and oh my yes…..GOD’S will,and wishes😎

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