Massive snow cloud arising from a serious avalanche on the eastern flanks of Annapurna South, Nepal. (My eldest son, Josh, is the person closest to camera.) Annapurna is one of the most avalanche-ridden peaks in the Himalayas, and avalanches have taken the lives of many mountaineers, including the Russian climber Anatolie Boukriev (made famous — or infamous, depending on your point of view — by Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air”). The statistics on mountaineering fatalities suggest that Annapurna is an even more dangerous mountain than K2. (Everest is comparatively benign.) Anway, as you can see, I was a long way away and in no danger — though it was an awesome sight and the thunderous noise was amazing; it felt like the whole planet was vibrating!
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115 views, Nov 7, 2011