GoPro footage recovered from fatal Himalayan expedition that killed eight

Cheryl Sanders
July 11, 2019

The camera was found on Sunday by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, 5,790 meters up the eastern summit of the 7,816-meter mountain of Nanda Devi, India's second highest peak.

Authorities on Monday revealed a heart-wrenching video of the final moments of an worldwide team of climbers, who were swept away in an avalanche while scaling an unconquered Himalayan peak. All but one of the bodies were eventually discovered in June on the Himalayan mountains; the British man's body was never found.

The group also included Ruth McCance from Sydney, whose husband, Trent Goldsack, said climbing was "part of her".

Moran, whose Scotish based company "Moran Mountains" led John McLaren, Rupert Whewell, Anthony Sudekum, Richard Payne, Chetan Pandey, Ronald Beimel and Ruth McCance on the expedition which set off on May 13.


The group's GoPro camera was found buried in snow at an altitude of 20,000 feet, near where seven bodies were recovered.

At one point a loud noise can be heard in the background before the screen suddenly goes blank.

After acclimatization, the ITBP mountaineers reached to the site through technical climbing as the terrain conditions were very hard due to steep gradient, snow accumulation and wind conditions.

'It was mesmerising for us to see the footage, ' said A.P.S. Nambadia, the border police inspector general who planned the operation to retrieve the bodies.


The eight-member worldwide mountaineering team went missing during an expedition on Nanda Devi East after they were hit by an avalanche in late May.

The eighth climber remains missing after the search was suspended due to harsh weather.

The climbers lost contact on May 26, according to Indian reports.

The clip is now being outmoded to abet "analyse what went disgusting with their mission". A recently recovered GoPro footage shows what could have been their last minutes before the tragic event.


2019's climbing season was particularly deadly on Mount Everest, with 11 people killed on the world's tallest mountain this year. Expert climbers dispatched by ITBP eventually brought the bodies down on foot, "with respect and dignity".

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