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Scores of stranded climbers airlifted from Mt. Everest camps
Scores of stranded climbers airlifted from Mt. Everest camps

Climbers and Nepalese sherpa guides stranded on Mt. Everest woke before dawn Tuesday to evacuate to base camp, cut off from the higher reaches of the mountain after an earthquake-triggered avalanche. More than 150 climbers and sherpas, impatient to escape the solitude of the snowy Western Cwm and fearful of more aftershocks, gathered at a makeshift helipad to board helicopters flying loops to base camp, an elevation change of about 4,000 feet. Three helicopters ran four-minute loops, carrying two climbers at a time, according to those rescued.  Some climbers carried cups of instant coffee. Others waited in the darkness in silence. “A fear of the team leaders was a helicopter...

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