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to find out he was deal­ing with an­other dis­as­ter and he was back in ‘‘res­cue mode’’.

Auck­lan­der El­iz­a­beth Far­ring­ton was walk­ing up the Khumbu Glacier and was on a rock out­crop at 5200 me­tres when the mas­sive quake struck. ‘‘We all thought we slipped at the same time, then the ground be­gan to boil,’’ Far­ring­ton, 24, said in an email to her par­ents.

‘‘Crouched against the ground, we saw the cloud of snow scream­ing down . . . Tek, our guide, screamed at us to run. Walk­ing up­hill at that altitude is the hard­est thing I’ve ever done. Sprint­ing was go­ing to kill me if the avalanche didn’t’’.

Her group man­aged to make it to safety at the Go­rak Shep, a ham­let about 4km down from the base camp.

Ja­son Laing Dona­tions can be made in the store at Ter­race Junc­tion or on­line through a Give-aLittle cam­paign set up by Or­phans Aid in­ter­na­tional at givealit­tle.co.nz/cause/ re­build­nepal2015

Guy Cot­ter

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