Joe Puryear Killed on Labuche Kang, Tibet

Joe Puryear
Joe Puryear, one of America's top Himalayan climbers has been killed on Labuche Kang (7367m) in Tibet.

Puryear was climbing with David Gottlieb on the peak. The pair had made several notable ascents together in recent years:

Email information from Mike Gauthier has been posted on An extract is below:

"I don't have a lot of information at this time, but the word is that Joe fell through a cornice. He was with David at the time, but David did not witness the event. He ascended the top the ridgeline after putting on his crampons only to find Joe's tracks leading to a broken ledge. Fearing the worst, he descended 1,500 feet to find Joe, who did not survive the fall, and shortly there after retrieved the sat phone enabling him to make a call to the US. David was alone at the time, but does have the help of one Sherpa at base camp. They are in a very remote region without rescue services and it's unclear what his next steps will be. For now, I am thinking about David as he descends the mountain back to base camp."


Full details of the accident are on
Information about the expedition can be found at:

This post has been read 11,099 times

Return to Latest News

Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

29 Oct, 2010
Horrible news. Shared some fun base camp sessions with Joe in Alaska and he was a lovely, gentle guy. It was obvious in recent years Joe was pushing his mountaineering a bit more getting some great exploratory ascents in the Himalaya on top of all his ascents in Alaska, the Cascades and his link ups in the States. My thoughts go out to his partner Michelle, and his family back home.
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest