A massive earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest on Saturday, leaving at least 10 people dead on the mountain and several more injured. It is unclear if those who died were climbers or guides. The avalanche, according to Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, fell between near one of the mountain’s base camps.
Several of those who survived have been using blogs and social media to alert their loved ones that they’re okay, as well as to tell their stories, many of which are enough to send chills down one’s spine. Dutch climber Eric Arnold’s account was especially vivid. He tweeted a link to a blog post, describing his experience in Dutch.
Mountain climbing is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It's a risky activity uncluding climbing mountains the hard way with an ice axe, crampons, cams, and rope, but at the same time it's a challenge and perseverance. Climbing some of the world’s most dangerous mountains is a dream of every serious rock climber.