Nepal Earthquake CEO of Jumia Ghana describes running for his life from deadly Everest avalanche

Alex Schneider and Sam Chappatte, both 28, updated their blog about climbing Everest to describe the moment the avalanche hit on Saturday morning

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Alex Schneider and Sam Chappatte, CEO of Jumia Ghana both 28, updated their blog about climbing Everest to describe the moment the avalanche hit on Saturday morning.

The couple, who have been together since they were 15, said that the earthquake hit shortly after they entered their tents after an icefall crossing.

Dan Mazur, group leader for Summit, the company organising the couple's climb, shouted at them to get out of their tents with their ice axes as the avalanche approached.

It says: "We staggered out to see an avalanche coming straight at us. A blast of wind knocked us down but we were able to get up and run to shelter behind some tents and anchor ourselves with our axes.

"The wind was so strong that Pat was knocked down and pivoted on his axe. We focused on keeping an air hole so we could breathe in the powder. Dan was fantastic, shouting directions at us, keeping us together and strong."

They say their tents were only lightly covered so they were able to dig them out and move them to the middle of the valley, and describe being stranded in the snow as they waited to find out the full extent of the damage.

The blog says there were around 30 people in Camp One and the same number in Camp Two.

They added that they have heard that their section of Base Camp had been "flattened", and that helicopters had come to pick up the sick and injured.

The couple were able to get a message to friends and family via a mapping website on Saturday morning, saying "We are ok, all the group. Shaken at camp 1."

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