Himalaya wrap-up: both Jordises out of Lhotse, climbers pay tribute to Chhewang Nima

Himalaya wrap-up: both Jordises out of Lhotse, climbers pay tribute to Chhewang Nima

Posted: Oct 28, 2010 07:12 pm EDT

Climbers with whom the late Chhewang Nima Sherpa worked with are paying tribute to the 19-time Everest summiteer and asking for donations to support his family. Spaniards Corominas and Tosas have finally thrown in the towel on Lhotse, due to dangerous conditions

Donations for Chhewang Nima's family

On October 23 while climbing on Baruntse, my climbing partner Chhewang Nima Sherpa was killed by an ice collapse and avalanche, his three-time Everest summiteer Melissa Arnot wrote. This was a tragic and unpredictable accident. I loved Chhewang and he is greatly missed by anyone who had the chance to know him.

He was the sole supporter of his wife and two children, as well as eight brothers and sisters whom he also support, Melissa added. I am committed to helping the family in any way that I can financially. If you are interested in making any contribution to a fund for his children I ask you to please do so. Even a very small amount of money helps and is appreciated. Chhewang had summited Everest 19 times and was a Sherpa celebrity, mostly because of his humble attitude and kind approach towards all people.

Story updated November 2: Chhewang (Chuwang) Nima Sherpa has 18 Everest summits, not 19.

Alpine Ascents International outfitters regularly worked with Chhewang. They have set up a checking account for donations to Chhewang Nimas family. Checks can be made payable to: FBO Chhewang Nima Sherpa. The checks can be mailed to: Alpine Ascents International at 109 West Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98119. Contact Alpine Ascents for further details (check links section).

Lhotse: Its over for the two Jordis

Jordi Corominas and Jordi Tosas have called the attempt on Lhotse south face off due to dangerous conditions on the face, Sebastian Alvaro reported. The climbers had waited for conditions to improve and meanwhile launched an attempt o Lhotse Shar and two bids to the face. High winds currently hitting on the peaks upper sections have also contributed to the final decision.

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Archive image of Chhewang Nima Sherpa.
courtesy Sherpa Adventure Gear, SOURCE