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News

Apr 25, 2015

UPDATE: Death toll rises to 19; 61 injured and many missing on Everest as earthquake hits Nepal

Sources claim that an avalanche triggered by a deadly earthquake has killed at least 19 people at south side of Everest base camp, with 61 injured and several climbers missing.

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The Outdoor Journal

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake has claimed thousands of lives across Nepal.

At least 19 people are feared dead after an earthquake triggered an avalanche near Everest Base Camp on Saturday morning.

According to the latest update received by The Outdoor Journal from Indian Army officials in touch with the Army’s Everest Clean-Up expedition, “19 people have died so far, and 61 injured. No Indians. Our doctor has been on the job ever since the tragedy occurred. We happen to have the best medical supplies and rations with us, are distributing it amongst the people here.”

The Indian Army had left for an Everest Clean-up Expedition earlier this month, taking on the route on the South side, via Nepal. The 34-member team is safe. They are now busy in search and rescue of avalanche survivors.

“Tents, mountaineering equipment, everything is buried under snow. Our boys are safe, ” he added.

Rescue operations are on as heli services are evacuating the critically injured from Everest Base Camp.

A second earthquake of magnitude 6.7 on the Richter scale hit north-east of Kathmandu near the border area of China. Climbers on the north side of Base camp said the tremors triggered avalanches on base camp on the north side.

A major earthquake hit central Nepal between Kathmandu and Pokhara on Saturday morning at 11:41:26 IST, killing hundreds of people across the Himalayan nation. The 7.9- magnitude earthquake took place 29 km ESE of Lamjung (210km west of Everest) and lasted a minute with seven tremors and 14 aftershocks. The tremors were felt as far as New Delhi in India.

Meanwhile, mountaineers at Everest Base Camp have put up posts on social media updating on events.

Indian climber Satyarup Siddhanta who is currently safe at Gorakshep sent a message from his Delorme GPS “major landslide from Nuptse face to Base camp. Major casualties at base camp as well as upper camps.”
https://share.delorme.com/satyarupsiddhanta

 

Romanian mountaineer Alex Gavan tweeted: ‘hings quiet now but large areas of base camp look like after a nuclear blast. great desolation. high uncertainty among people.’



Danish alpinist Ivan Braun tweeted an hour ago ‘#EVEREST UPDATE: SHERPAS have found a relative safe route through the Khumbu Icefall. First people from C1 is reported to descent to safety’

English mountaineer Daniel Mazur tweeted ‘Aftershock @ 1pm! Horrible here in camp 1. Avalanches on 3 sides. C1 a tiny island. We worry about icefall team below.. Alive?.’

Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa currently based at Everest Base Camp wrote a Facebook post three hours ago,

“Friends and family, me and my team are safe here in Everest Base Camp. We experienced a very strong earthquake which brought down a huge avalanche as well causing many injuries. Many camps have been destroyed by the shake and wind from the avalanche. All the doctors here are doing our best to treat and save lives.”

Captain Tim Bradshaw of the British Army talks to Sky News about the moment the earthquake hit Base camp.
http://news.sky.com/video/1471991/surreal-moment-at-everest-base

Text: Supriya Vohra

We are trying to contact mountaineers in the Everest region for more specific updates. Please get in touch with [email protected] if you know anyone contactable in the region.

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Events

Jul 10, 2018

The 2018 Whitewater Awards: Nouria Newman and Benny Marr take the spoils.

The Whitewater Awards is a gathering of the world’s best kayakers to show off the biggest and best things that have happened in the sport over the past year.

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Brooke Hess

 To be considered for an award, athletes, photographers, and filmmakers submit media taken over the past year that they believe showcases the best progression in the sport.  

There are sixteen different categories for submission, including separate male and female categories within the “Best of” kayaking categories. Categories include Photographer of the Year, Film of the Year, Expedition of the Year, Best Trick, Best Line, River Stewardship, Grom of the Year, Rider of the Year, along with several others.  Awards are decided upon by a voting process done by the Association of Whitewater Professionals.

This year’s Whitewater Awards was held in the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise, Idaho. It was hosted on June 14th, the same weekend as the North Fork Championships, which takes place on the North Fork of the Payette River just outside of Boise.  The North Fork Championship is regarded as one of the hardest kayaking races in the world.

The race takes place on Jacob’s Ladder rapid, which is a rapid so difficult and consequential that most kayakers feel accomplished simply by surviving the rapid, much less racing the rapid. Nouria Newman, a 3-time NFC racer and winner of this year’s Whitewater Awards Female Rider of the Year describes it well,

“The NFC is the hardest race in whitewater kayaking. [Jacob’s Ladder] is a scary, consequential rapid. Running it is challenging, and it only gets harder to race it and make the gates.”

In order to minimize the risk involved in the race, event organizers have developed a strict qualification process for racers. 30 racers will qualify to race Jacob’s Ladder. Ten of them are pre-qualified from placing top ten at the event the year before. Those ten then read numerous athlete applications and vote on the next ten racers who will join them.  The last ten racers are decided through a qualification race on S-Turn rapid, another one of the North Fork’s infamous class V rapids.

Every year on this same weekend in June, kayakers, photographers, and filmmakers from around the world flock to Idaho to celebrate quality whitewater, progression of the sport, and the community that surrounds it. Both the North Fork Championship and the Whitewater Awards had great turnouts of athletes and spectators this year.

John Webster

The finalists of each category in the Whitewater Awards were presented in film format at the Egyptian Theater for the entire audience to view, with the winner being announced live. Winners were presented with an award and expected to give a short speech at the event. The big winners of the night were Nouria Newman and Benny Marr, who were awarded with Line of the Year and Rider of the Year in the female and male categories. Nouria says that voting for the “best” in each category is a challenging process, “…voting is always tricky, (look at both French and U.S. presidents, not too sure if they are really the best available option). And it is also very hard to compare lines and rapids. What’s bigger? What’s harder? I got voted Best Line of the Year with a good line down Parque Jurassic, a long technical rapid, but Rata’s line down Graceland, which is a huge slide, was equally as good, if not better.”

No matter how tricky the voting process can be, Nouria agrees that the Whitewater Awards plays a large role in the progression of the sport, “I think it’s super cool to see what people can do in their kayak, how they push the limit of the sport and how they open new possibilities.”

For more information about the Whitewater Awards, you can visit whitewaterawards.com, you can also follow them on Facebook and on Instagram.

You can follow Nouria on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can follow Benny on Facebook and Instagram.

Cover photo courtesy of Ari Walker

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