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At some time close to 7 AM on Friday, April 21, 2006, a major collapse
occurred in the upper Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest. Three Sherpa climbers
were lost amid substantial ice debris. An extensive search was conducted in
the hours following the accident. At approximately 9:30 AM the search was
ended and the conclusion reached that no hope of recovery existed. Ang Phinjo
Sherpa, aged 50, of Khunjung VDC ward # 9 Phortse, Solu Khumbu Nepal, Lhakkpa
Tseri Sherpa of Mende, Dawa Temba Sherpa of Thamo are presumed dead.
April 21 was the first day of clear and calm weather following a three day
storm. The icefall route had been re-established on April 20 as the storm
ended and was considered to be in good condition. Consequently, many teams
were moving upward through the Khumbu at the time of the collapse.
Approximately ten Sherpas, carrying loads for several different expeditions,
were working closely together in line at about 5630 meters in a corridor
bordered by a large icewall. Eyewitnesses reported that one of two large ice
towers above the area spontaneously collapsed. This caused the collapse of
the second serac, or ice tower. The debris from both of these features then
caused the icewall directly above the Sherpas to partially collapse. The
debris struck and/or covered the last six Sherpas in the line, with three of
those being completely buried. Within a short time, there were dozens of
experienced climbers from many different teams at the scene to search for
those lost and to assist the injured. All concurred that recovery of the dead
would not be possible due to the volume and density of the ice debris. The
three injured were assisted to base camp, where evaluation showed their
injuries to be relatively minor. Of those lost, Ang Phinjo was working for
Great Escapes Trekking on an International Mountain Guides expedition (2006
IMG Everest Expedition I led by Justin Reese Merle).
Tseri and Dawa Temba were employed by Asian Trekking on an Expedition led by
Douglas Tumminello & Apa Sherpa (Team No Limit).
Swiss (Kari Kobler) team
Everest Expedition (I)
Everest Expedition (I)
This brings the total
number of dead to 4 so far on Everest in 2006 which includes the Nepalese
climber on the Russ Brice North side Everest expedition.
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