Lincoln Mountain Climber Safe Following Everest Avalanche

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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The Lincoln mountain climber is safe after an avalanche swept through a route used to ascend the world's highest peak.

The owner of Star City Motor Sports in Lincoln, Robert Kay, was in Nepal planning to climb Mount Everest at the time of the disaster.

Kay posted on his blog just one day before the deadly avalanche saying that he arrived at base camp.

Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal says the avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing.

A post by an unknown author on Kay's website says that he was safe: "Robert just called to say there was a terrible accident at EBC and that their team is unharmed. The mountain is in a state of confusion now so Robert asked that I not post any of the rumors floating around. He just wanted us to know that they are safe."

All those killed and missing had gone early in the morning to the area to fix the ropes for climbers along the route to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit.