Trekking disaster around Annapurna

Is there a Nepal PCV who hasn’t gone trekking in Nepal? The land is so beautiful and trekking is so easy—a warm, friendly tea house every few miles—that it is easy to forget that mountains are wild and dangerous places. The morning of October 15th dawned clear and beautiful, but within a few hours a violent snowstorm had blown in, dumping 6 feet of snow in 12 hours. Dozens of trekkers were taken unawares and found themselves trapped on the mountain along with their guides and porters. Forty-three people, about half of them Nepalese, are reported dead  in what became the worst trekking disaster in Nepali history. For more on this tragedy, see here and here.