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Joe Puryear Killed on Labuche Kang, Tibet

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Joe Puryear
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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 Supertopo.com. 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."


Sources:

Full details of the accident are on Supertopo.com
Information about the expedition can be found at: climbtibet.blogspot.com


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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.
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