How to help those stuck on Mount Everest and in Nepal:
You have probably already heard about stranded climbers stuck on Mount Everest at Camp 2 and 3: Most of these climbers either have been evacuated, are helping with continuing rescue efforts, or are still up on the mountain stranded due to routes being wiped out and new routes not yet having been laid. Sherpa’s homes and entire villages have been wiped out. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) camp at base camp was also badly damaged in the avalanche. Most of those stuck on the mountain are continuing to hope for good weather. Helicopter teams began evacuating critically injured climbers at Mount Everest’s base camp Sunday morning, but the effort came to an abrupt halt when a significant new aftershock triggered more avalanches and fears of additional casualties at the world’s highest peak. Rescue effort also has been hampered by communications difficulties and weather.
UPDATE: We have contacted all of our clients in Nepal ( 1 was in the air on the way to Nepal), and checked in with them. All our long-term clients are safe, and have checked in. It appears three of our short-term clients may have been lost in a village on the way to Everest base camp. Multiple rescue attempts have been made to determine their status.
Emergency rescue attempts and/or return of remains is ongoing.
UPDATE on climbers on Annapura, Makalu, and other peaks.
UPDATE: The North side of Everest (and all mtns. in Tibet) now closed for the season (04/29/2015)
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News sources are reporting as many as 2,000+ deaths (over 700 in Kathmandu), and at least 19 people killed — five foreign climbers and 14 Nepalese Sherpa guides in the deadliest avalanche there only one year after one of the most devastating avalanches killed 16 Sherpas working for climbers and National Geographic in 2014. (Sherpas have a much higher risk on Mount Everest than those that hire them.) Nine others were injured in 2014, including three who required intensive-care.
Please remember the families that have lost loved ones, are waiting to hear from loved ones, and the precious Sherpa guides (album of photos here) who have once again lost so much in less than a year. Many experienced Sirdars had already decided to avoid the icefall. Unfortunately, as usual, it’s all about money and timing:
By Sherpa: 220 Khumbu Icefall trips costing $7,150* (*Assuming 20 Sherpas, each making 11 trips and earning approximately $32.50 per trip per Outside Magazine)
By helicopter (to Camp 1): 21 trips costing $42,000
Sherpas trapped at the camps had descended to the icefall to examine the possibility of fixing it with ropes and other equipment dropped by helicopter on Sunday, but it was deemed too hazardous.
Outside Magazine has a story on the avalanche here. (Their guide to Everest is here.)
And the Washington Post has this story (which may need to be updated).
UPDATE: As of Tuesday, Everest above base camp is now empty – All survivors have been rescued. Danish climber Carsten Lillelund Pedersen posted on Facebook, “Everest, above base camp, is now empty,…A lot of gear, tents, oxygen, fuel etc is stashed at camp 2 ready to ‘rebuild’ later this season.”
On everest/lhotse everybody still left up in camp1 safely helied down to base camp this morning by maurizio folini. Nobody up but equipment.
— Alex Gavan (@AlexGAVAN) April 28, 2015
Stranded climbers evacuation from camp1&2 continues. 3 helis fly non stop. Only 2 people per shuttle due to high altitude. Weather good.
— Alex Gavan (@AlexGAVAN) April 27, 2015
A short history of Sherpa loss of life:
Sept. 12, 2012 – http://www.outsideonline.com/1929136/take-number
April 29, 2013 – http://www.climbing.com/news/ugly-incident-on-everest/
April 30, 2013 – http://www.outsideonline.com/1915131/fight-everests-camp-ii-update
Photo gallery – http://www.outsideonline.com/1858401/everest-veteran-sherpas
August 13, 2013 – http://www.outsideonline.com/1929351/everest-brawl-sherpas-tale
“Is there anything I can do to help”
- Quartz has created a great list of internet resources at http://qz.com/391752/help-nepal-earthquake-victims-from-your-computer/
- Become a digital volunteer / digital humanitarian – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02q4348
Learn what you can do at http://digitalhumanitarians.com/.
- Go to http://micromappers.org/ to help with damage assessment in Nepal. They have/had some projects and are/were asking for volunteers.
- Help The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap which is currently mapping Nepal’s road networks, buildings, residential areas, and open spaces with the goal of connecting communities and accommodating helicopter landings and relief efforts throughout Kathmandu and the region. The web-based organization maintains a wiki page that lists tasks and instructions that allow anyone with a computer and an internet connection to participate, and…
- The Humanitarian Digital Exchange, a platform launched last summer by the UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs with the goal of enabling humanitarian agencies to upload, analyze, and share data that can sharpen their ability to target relief efforts.
- Use Google to re-connect or request information on someone – http://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake (Realize that at the moment connections, cell towers landlines, etc. are being restored and communication in remote areas of Nepal were already spotty at best.
- You can also view the complete guide/article on other ways you can help Nepal at https://www.gninsurance.com/international-crisis-response/nepal-earthquake-relief-2015/ Then…
- Please share the link above on Social Media using hashtag #Nepal or #Everest2015 or #Everestbasecamp to help get out the word and help us help the people of Nepal.