Manaslu Tragedy – Phil posts from Manaslu Base Camp “a dark day…”

Edita wrote and said she is OK. Her family has been informed that she is obviously shaken by the  experience. On behalf of Edita and her family, our deepest sympathy goes out to all those who lost love ones.

Phil Crampton, Altitude Junkies Leader provides an update from Manaslu. http://www.altitudejunkies.com/dispatchmanaslu12.html 

“Today is a dark day in the history of mountaineering. A freak accident in the shape of a serac collapse has claimed the lives of many unfortunate climbers this morning.

I do not wish to speculate about the accident as many people have probably already blogged about the situation without all the relevant information and some not even on the mountain. I just hope names of the deceased have not been revealed by careless climbers with access to satellite phones before the next of kin have been informed.

This beautiful peak has once again had its named tarnished for no other reason than mother nature doing what it does in the mountains.

I will not post any photos today as I feel it unnecessary and crass to publish photos of the carnage that happened at 4.30 am this morning. We consider ourselves fortunate although we had our camp two destroyed by the blast of the avalanche. Our team members acted amazingly assisting the injured climbers even though several of us were slightly injured ourselves. I am proud to call my team mates real climbers this year on Manaslu.” Phil is a on amazing guy.

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