Climber Dies En Route To Shisha Pangma

Sad news by way of this morning. It seems that climber Ray Yeritsian has died on his way to Shisha Pangma. It is reported that he suffered a ruptured artery while in Nyalam.

Ray was an Armenian climber who had moved to the United States back in 1991. He was in Tibet preparing to climb with the Asian Trekking Team when he was struck down last Friday. In accordance to his families wishes, Ray’s body has been sent back to the United States.

ExWeb reports that Ray preferred to climb solo, or in small groups. He was formerly trained in Russian mountaineering schools, but had also adopted a more Western style to his climbs as well. His resume includes climbs on Elbrus, Yosemite, Aconcagua, Denali, Everest, and Lhotse.

My thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family at this time. My sincere condolences.

Kraig Becker

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