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Epic Everest Final Update
Kathmandu, 29 April
Apr 30 2014 Written by: Brad Horn
29 April: Apologies for having been incommunicado the last couple of days. We have not had any internet service to post news. This will be the final blog post of our trip. For those that have been following the blog, you will know that our Everest endeavour will not be going ahead. The recent tragedy and continuing instability of the ice fall preclude safe passage. Also, the Sherpa guides are not prepared to cross the icefall as a sign of respect to their fallen comrades. We whole-heartedly support their decision (In fact, we heard that yesterday morning there was another avalanche on ... [Read More]
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