Avalanche Kills Three Climbers in Kamchatka, Russia

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Kamen and Kamtchatka (lava) volcanos.  Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamen and Kamtchatka (lava) volcanos. Kamchatka, Russia.

Last Friday, August 8th, 2014, a group of 10 climbers were ascending the north face of the 15,042-foot Kamen (stone) volcano in Kamchatka, Russia when an avalanche came down on them.  Two of the climbers were killed, one is still missing, and 7 survived the avalanche.  Of the survivors, four were injured and three were hospitalized.

Kamen (foreground) and Kamtchatka volcanos.  Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamen (foreground) and Kamtchatka volcanos. Kamchatka, Russia.

“According to the surviving tourists from the group of 10 people, on Friday morning they decided to climb the Kamen volcano from the more dangerous side: the northern slope. Three people — two men and one woman — went first. They were hit by the avalanche.”

“The bodies of two men … were found by rescuers at a height of 2,700 meters (8,858 ft).” – a spokesperson for the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Kamen and Kamtchatka (lava) volcanos.  Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamen and Kamtchatka (lava) volcanos. Kamchatka, Russia.

The Kamen volcano is located in the Ust-Kamchatka district of Kamchatka.  This is the completely wild Russian peninsula that connects with Japan’s northern isles.

Kamen and Kamtchatka (lava) volcanos.  Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamen and Kamtchatka (lava) volcanos. Kamchatka, Russia.

In July, 2014 two climbers from Belarus perished while attempting to summit this same mountain – the Kamen volcano.

The 15,042-foot Kamen volcano is one of the most difficult peaks to scale in Kamchatka.

Location of the Kamen Volcano.  Kamchatka, Russia.
Location of the Kamen Volcano. Kamchatka, Russia.

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