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Everest Avalanche
4:06 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

After Tragedy On Everest, A Question Of How To Help Sherpas

Mount Everest
Credit Flickr Photo/Rupert Taylor-Price (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Sherpa senior guide Lakpa Rita Sherpa about the avalanche that killed five of his men on Mount Everest last Friday. Lakpa is also the leader of an expedition from Alpine Ascents International.

Sillman also talks with David Morton, a mountaineer who has started the Juniper Fund to help Sherpas who are injured or killed on the job.

The deadly avalanche on April 18 killed 16 men.

Remarkable Survival
1:41 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Injured Sherpa Explains Why He'll Never Climb Mount Everest Again

Kaji Sherpa, 39, survived the April 18 avalanche on Mount Everest. He says he will never set foot on the mountain again and work as a farmer instead.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:22 pm

Monitors flash Kaji Sherpa's vital signs as he recovers in the ICU of Katmandu's Norvic International hospital. Miraculously, the 39-year-old senior climber survived the wall of deadly ice and snow that crushed 16 of his colleagues in the largest loss of life in a single day on Everest, the mountain Sherpas call "Mother Goddess of Earth."

The team had been preparing a path for their clients, fixing ropes on a treacherous stretch known as the "Popcorn" ice field, so-called for its bulging chunks of ice.

"There was a small hill" that acted as a buffer, Kaji says.

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Mount Everest Avalanche
10:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Seattle Mountaineering Company Shaken By Deaths On Everest

Staff members of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International, in a photo taken earlier this year. Five of the team's Sherpas were killed in last week's avalanche on Mt. Everest.
Credit Courtesy Alpine Ascents International

Last Friday’s avalanche on Mount Everest was especially devastating for one Seattle-based mountaineering company.

Of the 16 Sherpa guides killed, five of them were employees of Alpine Ascents International.

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Ski Resort Damages
8:46 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Intentional Avalanche Destroys Crystal Mountain Chairlift

The remains of a slab avalanche at Crystal Mountain.
Crystal Mountain Resort

An avalanche destroyed a chairlift at the Crystal Mountain resort near Mount Rainier on Monday afternoon when the resort was closed. The avalanche was intentionally set off by the resort's ski patrol and no one was hurt.

Despite the destruction, patrollers say they have no regrets.

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Winter Weather
9:09 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions

A deep slab avalanche, seen from above.
Janet Kellam/Sawtooth Avalanche Center

The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry.

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Snow Safety
8:50 am
Thu February 13, 2014

What To Do If You're Caught In An Avalanche

The recent heavy snow in the region means the risk of avalanche is higher.
Scientif38 Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:44 pm

As snow continues to pound the region's ski resorts, plenty of skiers  are expected to hit the slopes. But with the increased snowpack comes the risk of avalanches.

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Snow Condition
9:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk

A skier is nearly caught in an avalanche in central Oregon.
Kevin Grove

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:46 pm

The Baker County Sheriff in eastern Oregon says two cross-country skiers died Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains. Two others were seriously injured. 

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