The sad news is filtering out to the Internet that the first death of the Spring climbing season has occurred on Everest. The Adventurist is reporting that the climber was a Sherpa climbing on the South Col route. Details are still a bit sketchy, but it seems as though he was either caught in an avalanche, or crushed by falling ice. Read more of the coverage, including updates, here.
Alan Arnette has also posted on the tragedy on his Everest 2007 page. Alan has heard from Paul Adler’s Team that the death occurred on the Lhotse Face. The Sherpa was working with the Thamserku team, a local company based right in Kathmandu. Alan remarks on how the Sherpas are like family for the guides who often employ the same men every year, and build long standing relationships with them.
My condlences to the climbers and families. I’ll post more as it becomes known.
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