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   Ama Dablam Autumn 2008: More sad news


Field Touring member Wei Cui has died on Ama Dablam according to the expedition. This information is in addition to the death days ago of a French climber on a different Ama Dablam expedition who we are told died in the same place. The body of the French mountaineer who died while climbing Ama Dablam was brought back to KTM. According to Gyanendra Shrestha with the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the French climber name who died was Jean Mary.

A climber reports to EverestNews.com that "both climbers fell in about the same place - weird. There was a section of rope at the top of the Grey Tower that looked as if it should be rappelled on, but in fact it was only a 3-4m tail that simply ended. It's reasonable to assume that both climbers mistook this tail of rope as the descent rope and simply rappelled off the end." Very very sad if correct...

For Field Touring, Wei Cui death comes as the company's second death this Autumn with Guy Leveille passing away on Cho Oyu earlier this Autumn. He also fell during the descent from his summit attempt.

Earlier: The first summits of Ama Dablam in Autumn 2008 were reported on Friday, however with the good news came bad...

" Just off the sat phone with my guide Justin, who is at Camp 2 on Ama Dablam.  Our IMG group will summit tomorrow (hopefully!).  The first climbers summated AD today."

"Justin confirmed that a climber fell from above Camp 2 on Ama Dablam today and died.  He said that people at Camp 1 could see his body near the base of the face. " Eric Simonson IMG

More climbers on summit attempts from various groups... Stay Tuned.

 

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