Guiding Operators 8000 STATEMENT
the morning of 30 April, a 38 year-old British
climber, Peter Legate, fell to his death during an
expedition to climb Mount Everest. The accident
occurred while descending the fixed ropes from Camp 3
(7,100 meters) on the Lhotse face. Mr. Legate
was following Mr. Laszlo Mecs, a Hungarian climber,
who witnessed the event. The two of them left
camp 3 at approximately 0615 hours and shortly
afterwards Mr. Legate slipped and fell for more than
200 meters. He landed in the bergschrund at an
altitude of approximately 6750 meters. Mr. Mecs
summoned help to descend into the crevasse and found
the dead body. He was able to recover personal
effects but it was impossible to recover the body
safely and therefore it was left in position.
Next of kin have been informed.
Legate, from Lymington in Hampshire, was an
experienced mountaineer. He had climbed Mount
McKinley in Alaska and had participated in an
expedition to Ama Dablam, a very difficult mountain
close to Everest, in November 2001. He was
climbing Everest to raise money for charity.
Legate was a member of a commercial expedition
operated by Himalayan Guides, a member of
International Guiding Operators 8000 (IGO 8000).
IGO 8000 is an association of leading commercial
expedition operators, representing 10 members from the
UK, USA, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland. It will
be conducting an inquiry into the accident. IGO 8000
extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. Legates family.
Himalayan Guides is not available to comment on the
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