Renowned Everest Sherpa Presumed Dead By Family After Avalanche
October 25, 2010
Nepal (ChattahBox World News) — Sherpas are famous for being able to withstand the Himalayas’ famously harsh conditions, even as the Western mountaineers that they guide often fall victim to the mountain’s climate. But this weekend, legendary Sherpa Chhewang Nima fell prey to an avalanche in the Himalayas, and his family believes he has died, Gawker reports. Renowned 43-year-old Nima, who has climbed Everest a daunting 19 times, was fixing ropes on Mount Baruntse when an avalanche struck and caused him to fall down the slope, Gawker notes, citing a BBC report. With conditions on the mountain still sketchy, investigators have called off the search to find him.
The world record for most successful Everest climbs is 20; Nima had just one more Everest trip before he would have tied that record, Gawker notes.