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To The Families and Colleagues of Those Lost on Mt. Everest

With the highest degree of respect, The Explorers Club and its member-explorers worldwide, expresses its deepest condolences and sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of the brave Sherpa’s lost in the avalanches on Mt. Everest.

Exploration, by its very nature, is wrought with visible and hidden dangers faced at every turn.  The bravery of the Sherpa guides in setting out to lead the way for climbing teams was clear evidence of their dedication and loyalty to their mission. They set out despite the risks.

As a strong supporter of the Sherpa Nepalese community, this loss is especially painful to The Explores Club. We know Mt. Everest well and to lose colleagues in performance of their critical support roles is shocking.

The Explorers Club’s history with Mt. Everest goes back to the attempts to summit its peak by Members Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first Honorary Chair of The Explorers Club.

Since that time, with the skilled and loyal support of Sherpa guides and staff, many Explorers Club members have summited the Mt. Everest peak, including Jim Whittaker, the first American to reach the Summit. His accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of his most loyal colleague on the climb, Sherpa Nawang Gombu, a nephew of Norgay.

From my own experiences in the Himalayas, I have long honored and depended upon my Sherpa guides and porters several of whom were introduced to me and participated in my expedition to Kanchenjunga with Member Tenzing Norgay.

There are few words that can express our anguish and grief at the loss of so many Sherpa colleagues, except to express our deepest regret.

With deepest sympathy,

Alan Nichols
The Explorers Club

Published by : EC Staff

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