Svati Kirsten Narula is Outside’s survival columnist and a former Outside editor. Her own survival story involves being in the middle of the Everest Base Camp avalanche triggered by the Nepal earthquake in 2015. She is also the digital editor of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.
As a professional mountain guide, Jeff Evans is no stranger to close calls, and freely admits he’s skirted death more than once. But nothing he’s experienced has been as terrifying as the minute-plus he spent submerged under an onslaught of crashing waves.
This season the Nepalese government says it will require climbers and guides to get permission from its Department of Tourism before disseminating images of others on the mountain. Enforcing it won’t be easy.