Kenwood climber and custom-home contractor, Jon Reiter, has survived a devastating avalanche that thundered through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 12 Sherpa guides, injuring three and leaving four more missing.
It was the deadliest accident in Mt. Everest climbing history.
The Sherpas were reportedly setting ropes through the icefall, a routine practice preceding the push to higher altitudes by Everest expeditions.
Reiter was making his second Everest attempt, in his effort to complete the Seven Summits, the highest peak on every continent. He has already climbed the other six.
Reiter and a climbing partner were in the icefall with a group of Sherpas when the avalanche hit. The following blog report Reiter sent from Everest explains how the Sherpas saved his life.