Jim Walkley: In Gorak Shep
Mountaineer Jim Walkley — on his third summit attempt in four years to complete the seven summits — was in Gorak Shep the last village before base camp when the earthquake hit. "Our teahouse shook violently and we were soon thereafter hit by a powerful powder blast from an avalanche (likely from the flanks of Nuptse)," he said on his blog Path to Everest. Once everything had subsided he spent the next two days shepherding medical supplies to Base Camp and helping dig out. Walkley is currently in Base Camp waiting on the next move. "Avalanches continue to shower down from Lo La Pass, Pumori, and Nuptse, keeping anxiety high. The Kathmandu airport has shut down to commercial flights, only allowing humanitarian and military flights, which is understandable given the extensive devastation. That likely means we'll remain here for the foreseeable future; the villages below camp are damaged to varying degrees, so we intend to stay put in base camp for now as it is our best option amongst a set of increasingly poor ones."