Everest avalanche survivor: ‘Like the world was coming to an end’

By Annie Gowen, Brian Murphy, April 30, 2015

ITANAGAR, India — Every climber is attuned to the sound: deep, earthy, unmistakable. The slopes letting go of their weight.“A huge, tremendous boom” is how Nick Cienski described it.He and his wife knew they had only seconds until the wind-packed snow and sawtooth ice would reach Mount Everest’s base camp, a cluster of nylon tents and gear of teams waiting to push higher during the brief window each year when conditions are favorable to reach the world’s highest summit.Read full article >>