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Breaking: avalanche on Manaslu

Posted: Sep 23, 2012 11:24 pm EDT

(Newsdesk/first published Sep 23, 2012 01:24 pm EDT) Last week climbers reported heavy snow fall in Himalaya and now an avalanche has struck on Manaslu.

According to the latest report the snow mass hit a group of twenty climbers, from two French expeditions, killing or injuring at least 9. Authorities in Nepal told media the victims are 4 French, 2 Spaniards, 1 Italian, 1 German and one Nepalese climber. Six people remain missing.

Climbing teams on the peak include IMG of Seattle with climbing leader Ang Jangbu Sherpa, French/Swiss HimEx (founded by Russell Brice), German/Swiss/Austrian Amical (founded by Ralf Dujmovits and his wife Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner), New Zeeland startup Inspiring Adventures, Mountain Professionals of Colorado led by American Ryan Waters, and American Alpine Ascents.

Alpine Ascents wrote this morning, September 23: "We have just returned to base camp after a long day on the mountain and all team members are well. We awoke at 4:30 AM Nepal time to snow, winds, & ice penetrating our tents at Camp 2. Fortunately everybody in our group was ok, however when we climbed up to Camp 3 shortly after to investigate we discovered the debris from a massive avalanche and found many climbers in distress."

"During the rescue & recovery in the following hours we were able to coordinate and assist evacuating over a dozen climbers on 10 helicopter flights from just below Camp 3 (20,500’). Lakpa Rita Sherpa coordinated much of the helicopter evacuation by speaking directly to the pilot and supervising the packaging and transportation of patients to our makeshift helipad on the debris field. Currently our group is now in base camp and planning to rest for a few days. Garrett Madison, Expedition Leader."

Ryan of MountainProfessionals dispatched from the mountain this morning (23 Sep, 12 - 10:01): "Unfortunately there has been an accident on the upper mountain in the camp 2 and 3 area. All the Mountain Professionals team and staff are safe in camp one or base camp. We will not report any further details at this time. Thanks for your patience."

Inspiring Adventures wrote from Manaslu BC, also this morning: "Extreme sadness. News came through early this morning that a large avalanche took out Camp 3 on Manaslu. We were at camp 3 yesterday, and returned to Base Camp yesterday afternoon. All safe here at Base Camp but VERY sad. Right now the helicopter is transferring the injured from Camp 2 to Base Camp Medical Centre. Via Kevin in NZ."

IMG reported yesterday, September 22: "Avalanche Hits Camp 3; IMG Team Is All Well At C2. Manaslu leader Mike Hamill reports that about 4:30am (local time) a serac fell triggering a slide that hit Camp 3. The IMG team is at Camp 2 and they are all safe and sound. Mike and several other guides are now responding to Camp 3 to assist. We’ll be waiting for more info. Eric Simonson."

No updates from Amical or HiMex.

Check in on team's live dispatches (green section) for more updates, and also the world news (grey section) for local European updates (Montagna, Desnivel).

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