Jim Davidson: In Camp 1
After spending the morning climbing through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall (the site of sixteen deaths last year) climber Jim Davidson was relaxing in his tent when the earthquake hit. "At around noon time we heard a huge avalanche come off Nuptse; the roar continued forever. I told my tent mate to put on his avalanche beacon and jacket because I was afraid we were about to be overrun. Then a second massive avalanche released from the West Ridge of Everest. Right after that our tent began to buck vertically six inches off the ground, because the entire Khumbu glacier was bouncing up and down. That's when I knew something else was going on," he told Men's Journal by satellite phone. Over the next two days high on the mountain he weathered aftershocks, and assessed his options, which were slim. "The Khumbu Icefall had completely collapsed, there was no way to safely climb down, so we waited for Heli-rescue. They pulled off an amazing seventy high altitude flights to ferry over 140 climbers down." Currently Davidson is hiking down the Khumbu Valley headed towards Lukla in hopes of catching a flight to Kathmandu, but might have to hike all the way to Jiri (a ten-day trek) if Lukla is bogged down (approximately 1,200 people are in line trying to fly out).