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Simrik Air/AP In this photo provided by Nepalese airline Simrik Air, an injured victim, center, of an avalanche is rescued at the base camp of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The avalanche swept away climbers on a Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said.
His last tweet from earlier this month says he was “off to try (his) luck on (Mount) Manaslu,” in northern Nepal, where officials say the avalanche hit climbers Sunday, killing at least nine.
Foreign Affairs officials in Ottawa were not immediately available for comment.
The Revelstoke Times Review says Hill wrote on Facebook this morning that “a huge avalanche swept through camp 3 at 4:45 am on Manaslu, catching lots of people in their sleeping bags, many dead, and injured.
Just two days ago, ESPN reported Hill was planning to climb Mount Manaslu and made it to “7,000 meters earlier this week before a blizzard and dangerously hollow snow forced his and Plake’s teams back down the mountain to wait for better weather.”
Plake’s team, which ESPN said includes Rémy Lécluse and Greg Costa, spent “the prior few weeks acclimatizing and dodging storms.” The team wants “to become the first to ski the world’s eighth highest peak without oxygen.”
On Sunday, police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and a German man were recovered and that rescue pilots had spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu , the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
In Madrid, Spain’s Foreign Ministry said one of those killed was Spanish, but did not release the person’s identity.
Ten other climbers survived the avalanche but many were injured and were flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters, Kuwar said.
He said rescuers were also attempting to bring the bodies of the dead back to the base camp.
Weather conditions were deteriorating and it was not possible to continue air searches of the mountain Sunday afternoon, Kuwar said.
It is currently the beginning of Nepal’s autumn mountaineering season. The autumn season comes right after the end of the monsoon rains, which make weather conditions unpredictable, and is not as popular among mountaineers as the spring season, when hundreds of climbers crowd the high Himalayan peaks.
Nepal has eight of the 14 highest peaks in the world. Climbers have complained in recent years that climbing conditions have deteriorated and risks of accidents have increased.
Officials were investigating the cause of Sunday’s avalanche.
With files from Karissa Donkin