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  Everest 2006: Fi and Paul: Another accident in the icefall...


Location: Everest Base Camp
Altitude: 5350m
Local Time: 17:30pm, 1 May
Weather: -5C overnight, warm in the morning, snowing heavily now

Hi All, It's Paul here. There has been another accident in the icefall today, involving an Italian person climbing Lhotse.

Icefall Accident
The person was decending through the icefall alone and slipped, hitting his head hard. Apparently he wasn't wearing crampons or a helmet. People found him on the side of the route with his head in his hands, vomiting. When the alarm was raised a group of Sherpas including two from IMG, climbed up to him with oxygen and a stretcher and then carried him down - an amazing feat given the terrain. A number of members from IMG also climbed up part way and helped carrying the stretcher. We took him to the helicopter pad and a helicopter was requested, however in the end it couldn't come because of oncoming bad weather. This was extremely frustrating. We then carried him back to the HRA medical clinic, where he is going to stay the night. Hopefully the weather will be OK in the morning for a helicopter to take him out.

Catching up on base camp duties
Both Fiona and I did our laundry this morning, and of course we have been eating lots. I have lost a bit of weight on the trip up high so I am seeking to remedy this as fast as possible. I have been sticking mainly to cheese, and Fiona to chocolate. The NASA team also gave us some chocolate cake which we both enjoyed.

Mary's Trek
Mary has access to the internet today and will hopefully post as message to the site. We found out that Mary's guide, Tashi, is the Sirdar that we had on our Trek into Base Camp. Tashi is a great person; really friendly and always eager to help out whenever needed. She is definitely in very good hands.

Bud Allen
Bud left us yesterday, unfortunately he didn't feel well and decided to go home and seek expert medical advice. We understand that everything is OK. We shall really miss Bud - he was always great to talk to and I particularly was interested in hearing about his long and successful property development career. One of the things I found out about Bud was that in his spare time he uses his own plane and fuel to fly sick people around the US for medical treatment. He said that sometimes you think you have a lot on and life isn't too good, and then you meet someone who has a baby that is very ill and it puts your issues into perspective. Bud will be missed by all the team here and hopefully he'll be back next year.

Bye for now,
Paul.

Updates

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