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NH couple leading Nepal mountain trek safe after earthquake kills thousands

Union Leader staff
April 26. 2015 1:15PM

NORTH CONWAY - A New Hampshire mountain guide and his wife tell friends that they are OK in Nepal, where a powerful earthquake killed thousands and triggered deadly avalanches in the Himalaya Mountains.

Rick and Celia Wilcox were able to get word that they are safe to International Mountain Equipment in North Conway. Rick is a co-owner of the store and its International Mountain Climbing School and Celia also works there.

"They're doing well and are safe," said International Mountain Equipment employee Adam Bidwell, who also offered condolences to the thousands of victims and their families. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everybody over there."

The couple is leading a trek in northern Nepal about a two-hour hike from the climbing base camp at Mount Everest.

Authorities say at least 18 people were killed by an avalanche at the camp and dozens more may still be missing.

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