May 2, Invariably, Everest is a
very dangerous venture, and as of recent, the occupants on Everest's slopes
have escaped this season with a relatively low toll in terms of life an limb,
until last night. A week ago, a Canadian passed away due to heart failure
while self-evacuating off the mountain, and another Canadian had fallen into a
crevasse and sustained several broken bones but was successfully extracted and
repatriated to his homeland.
Last night, luck changed, and
a team member from an American led team fell into a crevasse in early
afternoon and perished during the ensuing rescue effort. All team members on
the ECFACE team are ok, but are very contemplative as mountaineers -- any loss
of life during an expedition is tragic- and everyone on the mountain is
affected. We currently have refrained from specifically naming the expedition
or members involved as this is being officially released from the specific
team involved and we wish to respect the chain of information that is flowing
from Base Camp.
Our team sends their full
condolences to those involved and we have currently reviewed our safety
practices as well as have had a meeting with our climbing Sherpa staff in
regards to our climbing methods and elements of safety.
We will continue to climb in
the full spirit of adventure that surrounds extreme mountaineering, forging a
great sense of caution and awareness for our Sherpa and climbing teams in
regards to the recent events.
Our current plans to rest and
then push for a summit bid in the next 10 to 15 days are still and place and
stay tuned for upcoming updates...
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