It starts the same way every time - a text message, phone call or email - "I'm not sure but I think there is some bad news..."
And so it was yesterday, 3 more gone in the space of a day. Andreas and JP on Cerro San Lorenzo and Liz on Cerro Vespignani. Add in Basti Haag and Andrea Zambaldi on Shishapangma a few days ago and September 2014 will definitely go down as a bad month in the history of ski mountaineering.
Some little gems come out of these things though, like Steve Casimiro's article for Adventure Journal.
And Ptor Spricenieks' wise words: "celebrate their lives... ...send love to their families and friends... ...and then take a hard look at the details of the accident scenarios."