Lost in Tibetan avalanches, two American women close to breaking record | ET REALITY


Two climbers hoping to become the first American women to scale the world’s 14 highest peaks were among a group of climbers hit by avalanches in Tibet on Saturday.

One of the American women, Anna Gutu, was killed along with her Nepalese guide, Mingmar Sherpa, according to a report. report in Xinhuaa Chinese state media organization.

The other American, Gina Marie Rzucidlo, and Tenjen Sherpa, a Nepalese guide, were missing, according to the report. Ms. Rzucidlo was just 80 meters from the top of Mount Shishapangma when she was hit, her mother said.

A third Nepalese guide, Karma Geljen Sherpa, was seriously injured, Xinhua reported.

Susan Rzucidlo, mother of Gina Marie Rzucidlo, said her daughter, who was 45 and living in New York City, and Gutu were racing through history, hoping to become the first American women to climb all 14 peaks. in the world above 8,000 meters.

Climbing the world’s 8,000ers, as mountains over 8,000 meters high are known, requires spending time in the so-called death zone, an altitude at which reduced oxygen levels make it difficult for humans to breathe effectively and where climbers can die.

Susan Rzucidlo said her daughter had been training for years and had climbed five peaks over 8,000 meters this year and another eight in previous years. Mount Shishapangma would have been number 14.

“What I heard is that she was the strongest and happiest that had ever been on that mountain,” Rzucidlo said.

Xinhua reported that the two avalanches had hit the mountain at 7,600 meters and 8,000 meters, while 52 climbers were trying to reach the summit at just over 8,000 meters.

It seemed highly unlikely, three days later, that the missing climbers would be found alive. Xinhua reported that climbing the mountain had been suspended.

Mingma David Sherpa of Elite Exped, a company that organizes mountaineering expeditions, said France-Presse Agency that rescue efforts were complicated because of Chinese restrictions on the use of helicopters there.

Susan Rzucidlo said she had been told search and recovery efforts might have to wait until spring.

“Gina was just an amazing person,” he said. “She just lived life to the fullest. “She really wanted to achieve this.”

Ms Gutu had documented her adventures (climbing, skydiving and paragliding) on ​​Instagram. This month, she posted a photo of herself holding the American and Ukrainian flags atop Cho Oyu, writing that it was the 13th mountain above 8,000 meters he had climbed.

“One step, one peak closer to achieving the 14 highest mountains in the world,” he wrote.

Tenjen Sherpa and Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila had recently set a record by scaling the world’s 14 peaks above 8,000 meters in 92 days, according to Outside.

a message in Ms. Harila Instagram Page He said he was “on the plane now, on the way to Kathmandu, to help in any way I can.”

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