‘Heroic’ Brit climber, 40, and his guide who went missing on Mount Everest when ice fall


A British climber and his guide who went missing on Everest after being hit by collapsing ice have not been found despite an extensive search, a guide has revealed.

Daniel Paul Paterson, 40, and Pastenji Sherpa, 23, have not been heard from since they reached the summit at around 4.40am local time on Tuesday.

The pair are now feared dead after ice collapsed and fell on them near the Hillary Step, just below the summit at around 8,800 metres, according to Lapka Sherpa.

The Everest guide said they had ‘heroically’ reached the top of the world’s highest peak before going missing as they descended.

‘Despite exhaustive search efforts, we regret to confirm that Daniel and Pastenji were unable to be recovered from following incident,’ he wrote on Facebook.

Mr Paterson’s partner Beck Woodhead has vowed that she will ‘do everything’ to bring him home, and yesterday set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a search and rescue operation.

Daniel Paterson previously said it had always been his dream to 'conquer' the Everest summit

Pastenji Sherpa, 23, has been described as a 'dedicated climber' with a 'warm spirit'

Daniel Paterson previously said it had always been his dream to ‘conquer’ the Everest summit. Pictured right: Pas Tenji Sherpa, 23

Mr Paterson with his partner Beck Woodhead, who has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a search and rescue operation

Mr Paterson with his partner Beck Woodhead, who has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a search and rescue operation

The research nurse said that her partner ‘is known for his adventurous spirit, his kindness, and his unwavering dedication to helping others,’ as she issued a plea saying: ‘Now, it is our turn to help him.’

She described him as a passionate Leeds United fan, as well as a ‘beloved son, brother, partner, friend and a proud joint owner of Wakefield Crossfit.’

The British climber, who is believed to be from Wakefield, was described by Sherpa Lapka as being ‘known for his robust fitness, uplifting positivity, and strong determination’.

The missing men were part of a 15-strong team with 8K Expeditions, led by Bolivian climber David Hugo Ayaviri Quispe.

Sherpa Lapka said his collague Pastenji was a ‘dedicated climber from his youth, with impressive climbs under his belt including twice on Mt. Everest, K2, Amadablam, and several other 6,000m peaks.’

‘His warm spirit, kindness, and outstanding expertise made him one of the premier guides at 8K Expeditions,’ he added.

Mr Paterson was also a ‘committed’ climber, and had trained in the Himalayas last year.

Missing Daniel Paul Paterson, 40, is pictured on May 11 ahead of his climb to the summit

Missing Daniel Paul Paterson, 40, is pictured on May 11 ahead of his climb to the summit

Mr Paterson, known to his friends as ‘Pat’, shared his experiences on Instagram.

He previously said he was emotional when he saw the Everest summit, telling his followers: ‘My dream will always be to conquer this.’

He dedicated his climb to a late friend from Wakefield Crossfield Club and recently announced that members had raised £10,000 for her family.

The fitness enthusiast then posted two weeks ago to say he was ‘waiting impatiently for a summit window’. 

The fitness enthusiast dedicated his climb to a late friend from Wakefield Crossfield Club, and recently announced the group had raised £10,000 for her family

The fitness enthusiast dedicated his climb to a late friend from Wakefield Crossfield Club, and recently announced the group had raised £10,000 for her family

Officials said this week that a window of calm weather over the past few days has seen an influx of climbers heading to the summit, but that this would close by the end of the week.

Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 metres (26,246 feet) and welcomes hundreds of adventurers each spring climbing season.

Everest is only climbable in the short windows of clear weather when the winds are calm.

As climbers can only summit in small weather windows, queues can form on the mountain which substantially increases the risk

As climbers can only summit in small weather windows, queues can form on the mountain which substantially increases the risk

This has led to long queues forming at challenging sections, leaving climbers waiting in the freezing cold and burning through their valuable oxygen supplies.

Earlier this month, Mongolian climbers Usukhjargal Tsedendamba, 53, and Purevsuren Lkhagvajav, 31, went missing on Everest.

The pair, who had not relied on sherpa guides, were found dead a week later at two different locations after summiting the peak.



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