Discovery Channel Cancels Live Mount Everest Jump Special In Wake of Avalanche Tragedy

Discovery Cancels Everest Jump LiveDiscovery Channel has cancelled its plans for a live daredevil special set at Mount Everest, after 12 Sherpa guides were killed Friday morning in an avalanche — the single deadliest accident to ever take place on Earth’s highest mountain.

“In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live,” the cabler said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”

Set to air May 11 and capping five nights of live pre-show specials, Everest Jump Live was to follow California resident Joby Ogwyn as he attempted the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.

But on April 18, a high-altitude avalanche at Everest killed 12 Sherpa guides (in a group of about 50), seriously wounded three, injured several others and left at least four people missing, according to most recent reports. The Nepalese guides were among a group that was seeding commercial trails with supplies ahead of the climbing season starting later this month.

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  1. Db cooper says:

    This is very sad and it’s part of Everest. It’s too bad they can’t find a way to continue. The Sherpas are very poor and could use the money if some others were willing to take on the job. Is the whole mountain to be shut down? Yes climbing is dangerous so shut the whole thing down.

  2. Tinzing Norgay says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen and injured Sherpas. Having said that, they’re at least 300 people at base camp or arriving for their chance of reaching the top of Everest. Actually the second tallest mountain, known as K2 is far more deadly. I think Dicovery should provide for the burial of the Sherpas and continue with the climb. Everyone else on that mountain is going to continue with their plans.

    • Tony Melton says:

      I agree with Tinzing Norgay, DicoveryChannel should provide burial. And provide for the family’s until they are able to provide for them self’s.

  3. Emma Lauth says:

    My cousin was one of the camera crew members and my family hasn’t heard from him. I’m keeping him and all the others in my prayers. It is a scary thought to think about what just might have happened, I’m hoping for the the best.

  4. Josh Moxley says:

    Sad that a TV stunt for us turned out so bad. But it’s a daring stunt and I respect all that tried. All will be loved for all time but with a stunt this big death is real. Discovery they knew the risk so don’t let this stop you from doing what we like. Keep pushing to the edge. Just life can harm you. Many prayers for the crew.