Julio called early this morning to make sure I did not hear about the avalanche and panic. Apparently they decided to move down to BC and were safe when the avalanche occurred. He said it was rare for the avalanche to happen where it did, but nothing is unthinkable in Everest. Unfortunately one climber died and two others are missing. For more information you could go to the Alan Arnette web-site.
Julio and Bill are now at BC and plan to remain there for a few days. They would like to eat well, recover their energy, get stronger and try to climb again. Going back to BC is not unusual as many teams plan a trip to BC during the acclimatization process and before their final summit bid.
Julio was coughing a lot but assured me he was fine. He is determined to try again. He is eager to read your posts, and better yet, give you his first-hand accounts. Best regards to all.