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After deadly avalanche, sherpas must decide whether to climb again
After deadly avalanche, sherpas must decide whether to climb again

The low boom, like thunder, didn't startle Galden Sherpa at first. At Mt. Everest base camp, climbers often heard the loud rumble of ice fracturing as the first sunlight struck the mountainside above. Then word came over the radio: A massive glacier had crashed down the mountain's west shoulder, burying 25 Nepalese sherpa guides under columns of ice the size of small houses. Galden, who had been mountaineering for nearly a decade, knew many of the men well. The next morning, Galden descended from a helicopter and hiked a short distance to where a corpse lay half-submerged in the snow and ice. With a shovel and ax, he helped recover the body, his heart sinking when he recognized...

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