Debris field on Manaslu. Photo: Garrett Madison/Alpine Ascents International
The Avalanche was triggered when a 600 to 700-meter wide serac fall above Camp 3 on the worlds 8th tallest mountain.
Greg Hill, a world renowned mountain climber, posted on his Facebook page, “A huge avalanche swept through camp 3 at 4:45am on Manaslu, catching lots of people in their sleeping bags, many dead, and injured. Luckily our team is fine, and helped with the rescue, Glen Plake is also fine but my heart goes out to all the others…”
Garrett Madison, a guide with Alpine Ascents Internation, told Outside, “We counted 11 total deceased or missing,” wrote Madison. “We were able to assist the French and German survivors some who were in pretty bad shape. We made a heli-pad and coordinated a rescue and evac’d about 15 people, and a few bodies. A lot of gear and a few bodies are still up there as the clouds moved in mid day.”
- outsideonline.com – 11 DEAD OR MISSING, SCORES INJURED IN MANASLU AVALANCHE
- adventure-journal.com – Glen Plake, Greg Hill Survive Manaslu Avalanche that Kills 11
- CNN.com - Avalanche kills climbers at one of world’s highest peaks