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Icelandic Everest Climber Quits Following Deadly Avalanche

Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir, one of two Icelanders at Everest Base Camp, says she cannot justify continuing her quest for the summit under the circumstances.

Sherpa mountain guides have stopped work following last Friday’s avalanche which killed at least 13 people in the deadliest day ever on the world’s highest mountain.

The guides are preparing to leave the mountain and have decided not to take any more groups for the rest of the year. In addition to the 13 dead, three Sherpa guides are still listed as missing.

The Sherpas’ action is not only a mark of respect, but also a form of strike action – as they are demanding better wages and life insurance, Ví reported.

“I have thought about it a lot and looked at the options available to me,” Vilborg Arna wrote on her Facebook page yesterday. “The outcome is that at the moment I cannot justify continuing with the expedition on my behalf. If anything changes in the coming days while I am still in the area, I will re-evaluate my decision. Thank you for all the support over recent days.”

Vilborg Arna has been praised for her part in the search and rescue operation following the avalanche and last made international headlines just over a year ago, when she became the first Icelander to walk to the South Pole.

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