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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

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

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Adventure Travel

Jul 31, 2018

Kayaking’s Elite Return to India at the Malabar River Festival

During the week of July 18th to 22nd, the Malabar River Festival returned to Kerala, India with one of the biggest cash prizes in whitewater kayaking in the world.

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Brooke Hess

A $20,000 purse attracted some of the world’s best kayakers to the region for an epic week battling it out on some of India’s best whitewater.

The kayaking events at Malabar River Festival were held on the Kuttiyadi River, Chalippuzha River, and the Iruvajippuzha River, in South India on the Malabar Coast. The festival was founded and organized by Manik Taneja and Jacopo Nordera of GoodWave Adventures, the first whitewater kayaking school in South India.

Photo: Akash Sharma

“Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there”

One of the goals of the festival is to promote whitewater kayaking in the state of Kerala and encourage locals to get into the sport. One of the event organizers, Vaijayanthi Bhat, feels that the festival plays a large part in promoting the sport within the community.  “The kayak community is building up through the Malabar Festival. Quite a few people are picking up kayaking… It starts with people watching the event and getting curious.  GoodWave Adventures are teaching the locals.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

Vaijayanthi is not lying when she says the kayak community is starting to build up.  In addition to the pro category, this year’s Malabar Festival hosted an intermediate competition specifically designed for local kayakers. The intermediate competition saw a huge turnout of 22 competitors in the men’s category and 9 competitors in the women’s category. Even the professional kayakers who traveled across the world to compete at the festival were impressed with the talent shown by the local kayakers. Mike Dawson of New Zealand, and the winner of the men’s pro competition had nothing but good things to say about the local kayakers. “I have so much respect for the local kayakers. I was stoked to see huge improvements from these guys since I met them in 2015. It was cool to see them ripping up the rivers and also just trying to hang out and ask as many questions about how to improve their paddling. It was awesome to watch them racing and making it through the rounds. Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

 

“It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake”

Vaijayanthi says the festival has future goals of being named a world championship.  In order to do this, they have to attract world class kayakers to the event.  With names like Dane Jackson, Nouria Newman, Nicole Mansfield, Mike Dawson, and Gerd Serrasolses coming out for the pro competition, it already seems like they are doing a good job of working toward that goal! The pro competition was composed of four different kayaking events- boatercross, freestyle, slalom, and a superfinal race down a technical rapid. “The Finals of the extreme racing held on the Malabar Express was the favourite event for me. It was an epic rapid to race down. 90 seconds of continuous whitewater with a decent flow. It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake.” says Dawson.

Photo: Akash Sharma

The impressive amount of prize money wasn’t the only thing that lured these big name kayakers to Kerala for the festival. Many of the kayakers have stayed in South India after the event ended to explore the rivers in the region. With numerous unexplored jungle rivers, the possibilities for exploratory kayaking are seemingly endless. Dawson knows the exploratory nature of the region well.  “I’ve been to the Malabar River Fest in 2015. I loved it then, and that’s why I’ve been so keen to come back. Kerala is an amazing region for kayaking. In the rainy season there is so much water, and because the state has tons of mountains close to the sea it means that there’s a lot of exploring and sections that are around. It’s a unique kind of paddling, with the rivers taking you through some really jungly inaccessible terrain. Looking forward to coming back to Kerala and also exploring the other regions of India in the future.”

 

For more information on the festival, visit: http://www.malabarfest.com/

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