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help climbers, some of whom were not experienced mountaineers.
Hall’s wife, Jan Arnold, is played by Keira Knightley. Arnold, a Nelson-based doctor, still climbs and last year, completed her goal of summiting the seven highest peaks on seven continents.
Eight people succumbed to the elements on the 1996 expedition, making it the worst Everest disaster at the time until last year’s Khumbu ice fall disaster that killed 16 Nepalese guides – including three sherpas hired by Adventure Consultants – and last month’s earthquaketriggered avalanche at Base Camp that killed 18 people.
Thousands more are feared dead in Nepal after the 7.8-magnitude quake and the United Nations estimates 8 million people have been affected by the disaster.