Charley Mace: At Camp 1
Charley Mace, Mountain Guide with Adventure Consultants was at Camp 1 when he felt his tent shaking like a rocking chair for over a minute. Then the avalanches came — down from the West Ridge and Nuptse, spraying snow. "Upon arriving back at Everest Base Camp the scene was devastating," Becky Hall, Mace's wife told us after talking with him on Monday. Adventure Consultants, the mountaineer guides he was on the mountain with, were camped right in the middle of the avalanche and lost five members — all local Nepalese Sherpa — with several others seriously injured. "The staff in the dining tent said it was flattened," says Hall, "but they were able to see light afterwards and escape". Charley's tent was found 1 kilometer from where it had been staked. Currently he is in base camp working on how to get to Kathmandu and home.