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  Mt. Everest 2005: Four Friends To Climb Everest For A Cure: Safe


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Update: hello all...

first, just to put all worries at rest, all members of the Climbing For A Cure Team are safe. Chuck Huss, Dan Smith, Rob Chang, John Gray and Julie Smith are all "down valley" taking a couple of R&R days at Lobuche. (Indoor shower and toilet...i'm so jealous!). Our sixth member, Will Cross, is on the mountain, but he is safe at Camp 2 and awaiting an acclimatization trip tomorrow to Camp 3.

As some of you may have already heard reported on US television, this morning around 8am local time, an avalanche hit Camp 1, above the icefall. Unfortunately, several teams were affected by the avalanche. The whole of base camp went into action to get rescue and medical personnel on site as soon as possible. (Camp 1 is approx 3-5 hours from base camp depending on the strength of the climber.)  The most recent report is that 6 people were injured in the avalanche. One sherpa's back was seriously injured and, while i am writing this, he is being carried down the mountain on a stretcher. The other five injuries varied from a severely sprained ankle to cuts and bruises. All of these climbers are walking down the icefall under their own power with assistance.

Contrary to reports from the US, there were no known fatalities. At this time, all climbing  teams have reported that their members and sherpas are accounted for. [There was NO deaths.]

I know that each of you are praying every day for the safe return of our team. I would ask that you also include the family of Mike O'Brien and all of those who were injured in today's events.

When the sun returns to Base Camp, I'll be sure to write again. Until then, know that all is well with our team and we're just all missing our family and friends, but we're having a good time. take care. paula

Dispatches

Rob Chang Everest Climber, author and motivational speaker. To book Rob e-mail

 
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