Moun­tain Closed

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The Ever­est climb­ing sea­son for 2014 has prac­ti­cally come to an end due to a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors in­clud­ing the dev­as­tat­ing avalanche that killed 16 climbers on the Khumbu Ice­fall. Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, large commercial ex­pe­di­tions and their hired work­ers for high al­ti­tude started leav­ing the Ever­est Base Camp. A moun­taineer who tracks ac­tiv­ity on the Ever­est de­clared the moun­tain ‘func­tion­ally closed’ for the sea­son.

Large ex­pe­di­tions were al­lowed by the govern­ment to col­lab­o­rate in char­ter­ing he­li­copters to re­trieve

sup­plies al­ready stored at Camps 1 and 2. Sup­plies are be­ing al­lowed to be stored un­der locked mesh cover­ings on the Western Cwm un­til the next sea­son. The Nepal govern­ment, for its part, says that the moun­tain is still open but most Sher­pas at the Base Camp de­clared that the avalanche was a bad omen and de­cided not to go fur­ther up.

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