It is with tremendous sadness
that we make the following dispatch:
At approximately 7 AM on
April 21, 2006, two ice seracs high in the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest
collapsed, burying three Sherpa climbers. Two of the Sherpas buried in the
Serac fall were employed by Asian Trekking Expeditions and were support staff
for Team No Limits as well as other Asian Trekking climbers. The third Sherpa
was a member of another expedition. The names of all three Sherpas are being
withheld from this dispatch, pending on the notification of their families.
All members of Team No Limits
were in base camp when the accident occurred. Witnesses to the accident
reported that ten Sherpas were in the immediate area and moving toward camp1
when the seracs collapsed. A number of climbing teams and Sherpas near the
accident site quickly accessed the scene and began a search for the missing.
The search was called off at about 10:30 AM when it was determined that the
climbers could not be rescued or recovered because of the amount of ice
covering the site. An independent inspection of the site by Apa Sherpa, our
climbing Sirdar, confirmed the futility of any hope of recovering the missing.
Other Sherpas were injured but all were ambulatory, and they received
treatment at the Everest Base Camp Clinic.
Our team's thoughts, prayers,
and condolences go out to the families of the missing. The climbers were
beloved in their villages and were respected members of the Sherpa climbing
community. Their loss is keenly felt.
Our team's climbing
operations are currently suspended as we come to terms with this tragedy and
further access the situation
Everest 2006: Team No Limits