On the 25th of April, central Nepal was shaken with a 7.9 Richter scale earthquake. For those of us interested in mountains and the forces that create them, this is the earthquake we have been worried about. The forces of plate tectonics in this region are immense and have created the planet’s highest mountain range.
The destruction has been tragic and widespread in loss of life and property. The seismic aftershocks continue and the effects on Nepal, its citizens, natural landscape, cultural landmarks, and economy will be long-lasting.
At Voke Tab, our hearts are with the people of Nepal, and we care deeply about the well-being of friends. This season we partnered with Alpenglow Expeditions and the Sherpa staff from Nepal (pictured right) for an ascent of the northeast ridge of Mount Everest. Among them were Panuru Sherpa and Mingma Tschering Sherpa, two buddies whom I’ve climbed with and taught alongside at the Khumbu Climbing Center for 16 years. The team was preparing in Tibet for the expedition when the earthquake struck. Luckily, everybody on the team was okay, but Phortse, the hometown of many of the Sherpas, was hard hit. With the effects of the tragedy affecting the north side and the south side of the mountain, both have been closed by the Chinese and Nepali governments. The Alpenglow team will return and the climbers from Phortse will begin the process of rebuilding their community.
If you are interested in helping out, please consider a donation to the Khumbu Climbing Center or the American Himalayan Foundation. These organizations will be working with the mountain communities to rebuild their homes. Please see the donation buttons below.
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