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Avalanche on Everest north side: Hungarian David Klein rescued, Laszlo missing

Posted: Apr 28, 2010 02:43 pm EDT

(Story posted Apr 27, 2010 09:43 pm EST, updated Apr28th, 2:35am, Mountain Time.)

Statement of Dávid Klein, April 27, 2010 16:28

Yesterday around noon we were on our way down from the North Col (7000 m) to the Advanced Base Camp (6400 m), when at half way, at a relatively easy area the ice started to fall, which means that the ice-wall above us fell down. The ice took Konyi and me off our legs. The ice threw me onto an ice-wall, across an edge, and I stopped hanging at the vertical wall from the fixed rope. I didn't know what happened to Konyi, he was behind me. I hoped that the avalanche had missed him.

Later I was rescued from above, with the help of a rope, and I learnt that Konyi was missing. They searched for him yesterday and today with big teams, but they didn't find him. According to the eyewitnesses, while I was carried away by the avalanche, Konyi was caught by it 15-20 meters behind me, and the ice fell on him directly.

I have few bruises on my right arm, it was already reinstated by a Mexican doctor here on the mountain.
I will go down from the mountain the day after tomorrow.

I would like to emphasize that these are only the first impressions! I will give a more accurate description of what happened later."

Teams such as Summitclimb, 7 Summits Club and Adventure Peaks reported that a collapsing serac triggered an avalanche close to the fixed ropes on the North col of Mount Everest on Monday afternoon.

Links to 2010 teams:

Everest south side

No Guts Know Glory

Manoel Morgado

Australian Brad Jackson & Sandy Hoby

Ta Loeffler

Altitude Junkies

Anne-Mari Hyryläinen (AJ)

Albert Bosh

Peak Freaks

Alpine Ascents

Paul & Denise Fejtek (MT)

Adventure Consultants



Elia Sailaky - finding life

Adventures Global

Malta team

Eco Everest


Mountain Madness

Expedition Hanesbrand


Dream Guides

Kari Kobler


Simone Moro

Finnish expedition

Cleo Weidlich

Everest north side

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Alfredo Garcia - La Rioja expedition

Hungarians - Dreher 24

Jordan Romero


7-Summits Club

Adventure Dynamics

Unrelated avalanche on Mount Everest.
Image by ExplorersWeb courtesy ExplorersWeb, SOURCE