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Podcast: Surviving the deadliest day in Everest history

A placard left by trekkers is seen marking Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Earlier last month Nepal announced the opening of Mount Everest to climbers for the first time since an earthquake-triggered avalanche in April killed 19 mountaineers and ended the popular spring climbing season. Since April's earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people, Nepal has been desperate to bring back the tens of thousands of tourists who enjoy trekking the country's mountain trails and climbing its Himalayan peaks.
AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa
The campground at the top of the world.
  • Tim Fernholz
By Tim Fernholz

Senior reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

This week, Actuality meets two survivors of the deadly avalanche that struck Mt. Everest in April, before making our own ascent of the Everest Industrial Complex.

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This episode is based on Quartz reporter Svati Narula’s writing about her experiences in Everest base camp and the avalanche that killed 21 people there. We also speak with David Breashears, the accomplished mountaineer and filmmaker who invited Narula to join him at Everest to work with his NGO, Glacierworks, about his more than three decades of experience on Everest.

Actuality is a podcast jointly produced by Quartz and Marketplace, hosted by Tim Fernholz and Sabri Ben-Achour. Follow Actuality on Twitter, and let us know what you think of the show!

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