It is probably on the news -- incorrectly reported, no doubt.
Early this morning, there was an avalanche from way high on the
mountain. Ordinarily, anything coming down from the western face
(approx 28000 to 29000 feet) would fall safely into an area of the
western cwm (coomb i.e., valley) where there are no camps or routes.
However, this morning the mass of ice and rock and snow that came down
created a pressure wave that leveled Camp I, an area thought to be the
safest on the entire mountain....never an accident there in 50+ years.
Is it global warming? No one in our group was there.
This morning, we are all doing an inventory of people in other groups.
Half of our group was at Camp II, planning to return to basecamp this
morning. They are now on their way and were first on scene this morning
at Camp I. It looks like 7-9 injuries and all but one are walking down
As for us, I am at BC and the other half of our team will be here in a
few hours. In a day or two, we will go down to about 12,000 feet for a
rest at a tea house. There, we can all re-assess everything.
We've heard the BBC report this event in a very embellished way. When
everyone is down, and we account for everyone, we can then know for
sure. It sounds like the pressure wave at CI did the damage, however,
it is impossible to know if any tents were buried.http://www.alpineascents.com/everest-cybercast.asp