Avalanche Hits Broad Peak

Climber injured, 1 dead*

An avalanche hit Broad Peak's Camp 1, but there are conflicting reports of the casualties on the world’s 12th highest mountain. (Stefanos Nikologianis/Flickr)

This story has been updated to reflect a change in development.

An avalanche struck Broad Peak on July 20 in the Karakorum Range of northeastern Pakistan, according the Adventure Blog.

The avalanche hit Camp 1, but there are conflicting reports of the casualties on the world’s 12th highest mountain. British climber David Tait says the avalanche left one climber missing and two others seriously injured.

But New Zealand climber Chris Jensen Burke says the avalanche took seven climbers with it, including a Pakistani porter who is still missing.

“The climber that is missing, presumed dead, is a Pakistani high-altitude porter who was assisting another team at our base camp,” Burke wrote in her blog. “He made an impression on everyone at our camp.”

*UPDATE: July 23 10:45 MDT: Qamber Jangjupa, the Pakinstani high-altitude porter, was confirmed as dead. Japanese climber Sumiyo Tsuzuki was injured and helicoptered off the mountain, according to alanarnette.com. Three teams, including Al Hancock's, Iván Vallejo's, and Ferran Latorre's, plan to push for the summit soon—some by the end of the week. 

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