Accident in Nepal - crevasse fall

5:29 p.m. on May 19, 2014 (EDT)
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John All, the lead director of the American Climber Science Team, just suffered a severe fall, 70 feet into a crevasse. As you will note in the "Avalanche on Everest" thread, our team lost one of its members in the Everest avalanche. They had moved to a different mountain, Mt Himlung, after the Khumbu routes were closed for the season. The ACSP Nepal team was proceeding without Sherpas.

John suffered serious injuries, but was able to climb out. He contacted Global Rescue with the help of his Delorme inReach SE. Global Rescue has dispatched a helicopter to transfer him to the hospital in Kathmandu.

Some further information in the Himalayan Times

Map of the region -https://explore.delorme.com/textmessage/viewmsg?mo=74411d9d9f0e4842bfdb0611325ce4bb10543652

9:28 a.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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WOW. Mountaineering is tough business. That is for sure! I remember when Jim Wickwire bivvied on K2!

Wickwire did not have a tent, sleeping bag or water. His oxygen ran out half way through the night, and his gas stove became inoperable. His only protection other than his immediate winter clothing was a thin nylon bivvy sack, which is uninsulated but windproof and helps to retain body heat. He shivered uncontrollably from the extreme cold (estimated to be -35 degrees below zero F.). He consequently kept slowly sliding down the slope. He was forced to get out of his sack to remedy the problem and discovered that he was at risk of sliding over an edge that rolled off to drop 10,000 ft or 3,000 m below. "No one had eversurvived a solo bivouac above twenty-seven thousand feet".[

I cannot imagine how Rick felt when he found him ALIVE the next day, Yup. The mountains are brutal spouses. I knew his brother quite well in Ellensburg. The two grew up in small town flat desert Ephrata WA.

10:41 a.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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John is in the hospital in Kathmandu now. There is a photo of him in the hospital bed, looking not too bad off, considering everything.

11:32 a.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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I'm glad he's ok, Bill. Gift, one of my climbing heroes, Walter Bonatti spent the night on K2 at nearly 27,000 feet when the summit team had purposely moved their high camp(to which he was carrying oxygen) to prevent him from making a summit attempt.

1:05 p.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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Erich yeah! I have seen that in a film about THE SUMMIT and in the book chronicling the big disaster there in 2008 I believe it was. The hid and Bonatti could here them.

BillS: I am so glad to hear he is doing well. Is he in the CIWEC Hospital in Kathmandu?

 

7:59 p.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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giftogab said:

BillS: I am so glad to hear he is doing well. Is he in the CIWEC Hospital in Kathmandu?

 

 Karen, no, John is in the Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu. I found out he was solo, setting up Camp 2, when he fell into the crevasse. As mentioned above, he managed to climb out and get into his tent.

In the photo, it looks like he is getting the "squeeze my hand and tell me how much it hurts" test.


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9:28 a.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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I did end up reading that and that he self rescued and PULLED HIMSELF TO THE TENT with arms which had dislocated and internal bleeding. looks like he got a bit of bite on the end of his nose as well. I wish only the best for him. I found medical care in Kathmandu to be more 50's style traditional but very competent.

9:40 p.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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Here is a video John took while in the crevasse - (WARNING  - John does not moderate his language, as none of us would under the circumstances)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=793296994027755&set=vb.100000423863016&type=2&theater

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