Outdoor Writer

The Inertia

Stuck in the middle of an ice crevasse some 250 feet deep, on a 18,600-foot mountain, in the dark. Sounds terrifying, right? Well that’s where 33-year-old Indian mountain climber, Jayshri Dumbre, ended up. Fortunately, her fellow climbers, along with Indian soldiers, were able to pull her from the crevasse that she slipped into while taking an advanced mountaineering course. She reportedly got out of her tent to get ready for the day.

“On the night of June 16, at around 1:30 a.m., I got up to get ready before moving on for DKD-II peak. However, while moving away from the tents to freshen up, my foot went through a thin snow cover into a deep crevasse and my body followed,” Dumbre said.

The hour-and-a-half rescue effort took place at an elevation of 15,800 feet on the Indian mountain of Draupadi Ka Danda-II, in the state of Uttarakhand. Dumbre was lucky enough to get stuck in a thin section, 30 feet down into the crevasse. There, she fainted and remained helpless, while a rescue effort was made.

Indian troops and fellow mountaineers were able to widen the crevasse by pouring hot water on the surrounding ice. While doing so, Dumbre regained consciousness, and was able to grasp a rope, which she was pulled up on. The Indian climber has said she won’t let this almost-tragic event stop her from climbing again: “I will continue with mountaineering, since it’s my passion.”


Near death experiences, like this one, might give others pause. But it won’t stop this bad@$&.


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