Breaking: North Side of Everest Closing

Chinese announce that Everest and all other mountains in Tibet are closed for the season

"We are in full support of the Chinese decision to stop climbing for the season," Adrian Ballinger wrote on his Instagram. (Photo: Adrian Ballinger/Instagram)
"We are in full support of the Chinese decision to stop climbing for the season," Adrian Ballinger wrote on his Instagram.

Yesterday, Nima Tsering, head of the Tibetan Mountaineering Association, held a meeting at base camp on the north side of Mount Everest and announced that the mountain—and all other mountains in Tibet—are closed for the season.

According to Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, Tsering gave two reasons for this closure: the risk of another high-magnitude earthquake and solidarity with those in Nepal who are still reeling from the impact.

"They've been relatively forward-thinking about it and I think they're making a fair decision," says Ballinger. "I wish that the decision to go or not was made by the teams and not national governments, but this is a unique situation."

Tsering reported that geologists in Beijing predict there's a 50 percent chance of another high-magnitude earthquake coming this season. As of April 27, the latest U.S. Geological Survey aftershock forecast estimated a 54 percent chance of a magnitude 6 or greater earthquake, and a seven percent chance of an earthquake of magnitude seven or greater.* 

Now the 25 teams and 300-plus people on the north side of the mountain are faced with a new predicament: how to get home. 

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