Everest’s deadliest accident

The death toll continues to climb following the avalanche on Mount Everest Friday.

Another Sherpa guide has died as a result of Friday morning’s avalanche in the Khumbu ice fall, just above Mount Everest’s base camp.

“A serac, which is a hanging glacier, on the west shoulder cut loose and then swept down and wiped them out,” Manesh Shrestha said.

It’s the single deadliest accident on Everest, with more than a dozen people killed, half a dozen injured, and more still missing.

The group caught in the avalanche was composed of about 50 Nepalese locals and Sherpas.

They were preparing the advanced camps for spring climbing season, the busiest of the year.

“About one-percent of everyone who leaves base camp is not gonna come back, and as a workplace safety statistic, that’s pretty much off the charts,” Grayson Schaffer, Senior Editor, Outside said.

In the past few decades, climbers’ safety has improved.

The number of people who reached the summit topped 100 for the first time in 1993.

That increased to more than 300 by 2004, and more than 500 people scaled everest in 2012.

“We’ve come a long way, but it’s still just as dangerous as it’s ever been,” Schaffer said.

Prior to Friday, Everest’s deadliest accident was in may 1996, when 8 climbers disappeared during a storm.

Jon Krakauer documented that tragedy in his bestselling book and its film adaptation “Into Thin Air.”

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