Team Calls It Quits on Everest
HimEx says rockfall risk is too high
The leader of a major Himalayan guiding company on Saturday cancelled his his team’s Everest expedition amid hazardous conditions in the Khumbu icefall and on the Lhotse face. Himalayan Experience owner Russell Brice said that drought-like conditions on the mountain have loosed boulders and sent ice blocks tumbling onto the most popular routes through the Khumbu. Several climbers were hurt last week and risk remains high for further crossings. “We can no longer take the responsibility of sending you, the guides, and the Sherpas through the dangerous icefall and up the rockfall-ridden Lhotse Face,” Brice told his clients in Base Camp.
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