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Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fluid Emotions at Everest Base Camp

I have received several calls from Robert over the past few days.  Emotions at EBC are very unsettled. Robert has asked that I wait for another 48 hours or so before commenting on the fate of this climbing season on Everest as it is difficult to say what is rumor and what is fact right now.

Any tragedy of this magnitude causes grief to set in with feelings that run the gambit from extreme sadness, to anger, to quiet reflection, remorse, and back through those strong feelings again. Anyone who has been through a sudden tragic loss knows those emotions seem to strike randomly and without warning.  Reaction to loss and tragedy is unique to the individual, therefore, the unexpected is the norm right now at EBC as individuals and groups works through the grieving process.  Some will move quickly through and others will linger for a very long time. There is no formula, no right or wrong for working through a loss, it is just the way it is. The healing has begun by the sharing of grief among the Sherpa, their families and the climbing groups, but how long it will take only God knows for sure.

We send our condolences to the Sherpa families, friends, colleagues, employers and others effected by this loss as we continue to pray for healing and peace for all those effected by the tragedy in the Khumbu.

Patty Kay
Lincoln, NE

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