CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago mother of a mountain climber who survived a deadly earthquake in Nepal says she's relieved but has lingering concerns about how her son will get off Mount Everest.
Loretta Land is Andy Land's mother.
Andy Land, 52, and his climbing team guided by International Mountain Guides of Ashford, Washington, were in the Khumbu Icefall region near the mountain's base when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck Saturday.
He's a hospice nurse from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and has spent months training for the climb to bring awareness to hospice. He departed Wisconsin last month.
Loretta Land lives in Chicago. She tells The Associated Press her son's work with hospice has prepared him for whatever he faces.
But she says the quake has changed parts of the mountain's terrain and it could be difficult to get down.
“Of course my big fear is that they’ve got to come down off that mountain. And there’s going to be avalanches all the way down. So, yes, they’re safe — but that’s only meaning they’re safe at this moment,” Land’s mother Loretta said.
Land says she and her son had discussed possibilities before the trip, including having to turn back before the summit.
The earthquake is the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years. At least 3,617 were killed, with more reports expected to come in.