Read about events at Mount Everest. Choose the correct verb forms by paying close attention to the surrounding grammar and signalling words.
The Everest base camp was destroyed by an avalanche during the earthquake. Already, the Nepalese government __________ a team of Sherpas to Mount Everest to fix the route through the treacherous icefall above Base Camp so that climbing can resume on the mountain as soon as possible.
An avalanche triggered by last weekend’s earthquake – which killed 19 climbers at Base Camp – __________ fixed ropes and ladders placed in the icefall, making it impossible for climbing teams to reach Camp One.
The window for reaching the summit of Everest __________ at the end of May because of the start of the monsoon, and some climbers are already waiting at Base Camp in the hope of the route re-opening soon.
Besides the damage in Kathmandu, entire villages have been destroyed in remote, mountainous areas to the west and the north, where many people are yet to receive any help. Five Sherpas working for Guy Cotter, who __________ a commercial expedition on Everest, died in the avalanche which hit Base Camp and Mr Cotter has now called off his expedition.
Another climber, Adrian Hayes, a former British army officer, __________ an expedition so that he could use his skills to take part in the relief effort for earthquake victims.
He is a trained paramedic and plans to head into the remote regions where it is still __________ to reach those in need. But despite the crisis, the government does seem in favour of re-opening the route up Everest, if it is safe to do so.