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Sherpas To Boycott Climbing Season

In this May 18, 2003, file photo, mountaineers pass through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on their way to Mount Everest near Everest Base camp, Nepal. The Khumbu Icefall is a river of ice, a kilometer or so of constantly shifting glacier punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings and can move six feet in just one day. Crossing it can take 12 hours. On Friday, a piece of glacier sheared away from the mountain, setting off an avalanche of ice that killed 16 Sherpa guides as they ferried clients’ equipment up the mountain. Story here. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)

Many of the Sherpas mountain guides — whom climbers depend on to scale Mount Everest — have decided to boycott the rest of the climbing season, which was set to run through May, leaving mountaineers at base camp uncertain about what will happen next. The move comes in the wake of the mountain’s deadliest disaster last Friday where 16 Sherpas were lost in an avalanche. Thirteen bodies were recovered and three Sherpas still missing are presumed dead/NBC News. More here.

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