This. Is. Terrifying. I can't begin to put into words the severity of the situations that the recent earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal have caused. But for more than 1,000 climbers at Base Camp at Mt. Everest, the earthquake was scary in a different way, because it caused an avalanche.
This is an intense POV video of one such avalanche. This was the southern base camp, so it would be 5,380 m (17,700 ft) if I understand correctly. At least 22 climbers have been confirmed dead at this point, and that number may still rise.
The intense power not only of the earth quake, but then of the resulting avalanche just serves to remind me just how crazy powerful nature is, and how much we really take that for granted every day...just what the hell would you even do in this situation!? I almost worry that I'd panic and simply stand there, instead of looking for shelter like this guy.
It's never been in my plans to climb Everest, but this has pretty much permanently settled that I won't be going there to hang out or to climb anytime soon.