Everest: SA climbers head back to base camp

2014-04-21 15:46

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Two South African climbers were heading back to base camp after talk of a possible second avalanche on Mount Everest, an update on the Facebook page for the mountaineers read on Monday.

"Saray [Khumalo] and Sibusiso [Vilane] are on their way down from Lobuche East to Everest Base Camp (EBC)," Ubuntu Everest said.

"There is talk of another avalanche if the remaining block of ice from Friday will come loose."

This followed an ice avalanche on Friday which killed 13 guides when it smashed into their expedition. Nine people were plucked to safety.

News agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Sunday the search for Nepalese guides still missing was suspended due to bad weather.

Photos of Khumalo, who is seeking to be the first black woman to summit Everest, with a group of people holding the South African flag at Lobuche East were posted on the Ubuntu Everest page on Monday.

The caption read: "Saray at Lobuche East. Ubuntu Everest summited Lobuche East peak on Sunday 20 April 2014. Thanks for all the prayers and support. Now it is off to base camp."

The Facebook page was started to provide updates about the two South African climbers.

Mount Everest is the world's largest mountain.

City Press reported on Sunday that the two were at base camp on Friday morning when the avalanche occurred around 500m further up the mountain.

Vilane, the first black African to climb Everest, sent a message soon afterwards to say that he and his fellow South African climbers were safe.

On Monday, AFP reported that expedition leaders threatened to cancel all climbing on the mountain.

- SAPA
Read more on:    nepal  |  social networks
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something is blocking the flow of things today and it is easy to become frustrated and pessimistic. The problem is that your mind...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.