You’ll recall that Alan Bridges reported that his haiku was one of many artifacts accompanying an ascent of Mt. Everest. He sends this update which speaks of a horrific turn of events:
Terrible disaster on Everest. From base camp, we heard the roar of the avalanche just before 6am. It swept accross the top of the icefall, just below camp 1. In one of the worst mountaineering disasters ever, 13 Sherpas are confirmed dead, including 3 from our team. Another 2 are critical, now being evacuated from base camp hospital. One of the injured Sherpas was long lined down to the hospital. Our climbing team stretchered the other injured Sherpa from the heli pad to the hospital. A horrible thing; we are devastated. One available photo shows our guide Dean Staples managing the heli pad operations.
Sorry to have to report this terrible news.