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Sherpa Falls To His Death On The Lhotse Face
May 7, 1997
By Liesl Clark

News spread rapidly through camp yesterday that a Sherpa had fallen to his death below Camp III. It is not known whether he was climbing, or at Camp III when he fell. Reports have come in, however, that he fell several thousand feet down the Lhotse Face to the bergshrund at the base. It was there that members of the Malaysian team found his body and identified him as one of their climbing Sherpas. Little is known about the precise circumstances surrounding his fall, however, the incline on the Lhotse Face is such that if a climber is not roped in or loses his/her balance while at Camp III, he/she can fall and quickly lose control of their fall.

Yesterday, David Breashears, Ed Viesturs, Jangbu Sherpa, David Carter, and Pete Athans were still resting at Camp II awaiting better weather conditions up high. Today, bad weather continued, and the climbers decided to return to Base Camp to await better conditions for a summit attempt.

Meanwhile, a bad virus is making the rounds at Base Camp. Dr. Doug Rovera, with the Canadian Expedition, reports that he has seen at least four people at Base Camp afflicted with the virus. "First they have very serious fatigue and a high fever, and then a day later they get caught up with a cough that lasts a week."

June 10, 1997: Back Home (27)
May 25, 1997: Climbers Return to Base Camp (26)
May 24, 1997: Descending Toward Base Camp (25)
May 23 PM, 1997: NOVA Climbers Safely Off the Summit (24)
May 23 AM, 1997: NOVA Climbers Reach the Summit! (23)
    Hear the archived live audio broadcast from the summit
    Read the transcript of the broadcast from the summit
May 22, 1997: Bid for the Summit (22)
May 21, 1997: Helicopter Crashes at Everest Base Camp (21)
May 20, 1997: Moving On Up (20)
May 19, 1997: Poised at Camp II (19)
May 18, 1997: Departing for Camp II (18)
May 17, 1997: Dead Sherpa Found on Khumbu Glacier (17)
May 16, 1997: Jet Stream Winds Blast Camp II (16)
May 13, 1997: Receiving News from the North Side (15)
    May 13, 1997: RealAudio Interview with David Breashears
May 11, 1997: Five Climbers Presumed Dead on the North Side (14)
May 10, 1997: The Waiting Game (13)
May 9, 1997: Pulmonary Edema Evacuation from Base Camp (12)
May 8, 1997: A Hasty Retreat to Base Camp (11)
May 7, 1997: Sherpa Falls To His Death On The Lhotse Face (10)
May 6, 1997: Spin: A Passenger to the Summit (9)
May 5, 1997: Delayed at Advance Base Camp (8)
May 4, 1997: NOVA Climbers Leave Base Camp for Their Summit Attempt (7)
May 1, 1997: NOVA Team Prepares for Summit Attempt (6)
April 26, 1997: Indonesian Expedition First to Summit in 1997 (5)
April 23, 1997: Expedition Leader Dies at Everest Base Camp (4)
April 22, 1997: Japanese Expedition Pulls Out (3)
April 16, 1997: Traffic Reports on Everest (2)
April 14, 1997: Rescue Season Begins (1)

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