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Live image over Contact 4.0 of the Khumbu icefall and the serac (circled in red) at the West shoulder, which has been causing several avalanches affecting the climbing route, courtesy of Laserer Alpin's expedition website (click to enlarge).
Live image over Contact 4.0 of Mexican Yuri Contreras (left) and his climbing sherpa Lakpa, courtesy of Yuri and Laura's website (click to enlarge).
"The biggest avalanche I have ever seen rushed down the mountain headed for the climbing route ," Johnny Strange posted Thursday. Live image over Contact 4.0 of the avalanche courtesy of Stranges on Everest expedition's website (click to enlarge).
Iranian climber Mehdi Etemadfar disappeared during a summit push on Dhaulagiri, Friday May 1st. Image of Medhi courtesy of IMZ News (click to enlarge).
Image of Makalu's West Pillar with the section of the route climbed yesterday by Iñurrategi's team, courtesy of eITB blogs (click to enlarge).

Himalaya wrap-up: Fatal incident on Dhaulagiri, icefall accident on Everest, Koreans summit Kangchenjunga, alpine style pushes on Makalu West Pillar

Posted: May 07, 2009 02:07 pm EDT

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(MountEverest.net) Alex Gavan recently aborted his Everest climb because he didn't like the condition of the ice fall, and constant avalanches from the West shoulder may have claimed a life today. While details are still expected, reports of a major slide last night and a Sherpa missing have been posted. There is news of another climber lost on Dhaulagiri: Iranian Mehdi Etemadfar reportedly fell to his death while pushing for the summit on May 1st. On Kangchenjunga, yesterday Korean Oh Eun-sun bagged the first summit of this...

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