Alan Arnette: Hiking Between Camp 1 and 2
Mountaineer and Alzheimer's advocate Alan Arnette was acclimatizing for an attempt of Lhotse — Everest's smaller cousin — when the earthquake hit. He was hiking between Camp 1 and Camp 2 high on the mountain, areas that were spared from avalanches, and was heli-rescued two days later back to Base Camp. "This looks like something you would see out of a tornado in the Deep South or Oklahoma," he says on an audio dispatch on Monday now available at AlanArnette.com. "As I was walking up to our camp it was unrecognizable for a long time. I found shoes, socks, and pieces of paper that was an indication that tents and individuals had lost their lives and property had been destroyed." Eighteen died at Base Camp including the Base Camp manager and doctor. "So many Sherpas have lost all of their climbing gear; this is their livelihood. Without their climbing gear they can not make a living." Arnette is currently hiking out of base camp and is at Periche working his way to Kathmandu.