Climber Joby Ogwyn's live wingsuit jump from the summit of Mount Everest is no more following the loss of 13 people (with 3 still missing) from last week's deadly avalanche

"In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community," a statement from the channel read. 

Ogwyn, 39, was at Everst base camp last week for the May 11th event when the disaster struck down the Sherpa team tasked with assisting him and the Discovery Channel with the stunt. 


On Sunday, Ogwyn announced that he was focusing his efforts on raising money for the families of those lost in the avalanche.


In the wake of the tragedy, the local Sherpa community has issued an ultimatum to the Nepalese government, asking them to review and adhere to a list of 15 demands or risk them boycotting the entire 2014 climbing season. In a post to his blog this morning, climber Jon Reiter, who was saved by his Sherpa during the avalanche, agreed that it was time for Nepal to make some changes. 

"What they're asking for is certainly deserved and we support their cause 100%. They simply want the families of the deceased to be taken care of as well as assurances that they themselves and their families will be taken care of should they be hurt or killed while climbing Everest," he writes. "There are other requests on their list (15 in all) but this is the general idea." 

"As I mentioned we feel that most of what they're asking for is valid and overdue. From what we understand 10% of Nepal's GDP is based on Everest revenue. It may be true that we climbers have substantially increased the quality of life here in the Khumbu Valley with all the money that's spent here climbing this mountain and trekking about but we hope that the government remembers that the climbing Sherpa are the ones putting their lives on the line, right along side us, on a daily basis. We cannot climb this mountain without them by our sides just as they were not able to climb it without our logistics and resources; we make a perfect and inseparable team. From the very beginning (1953) until today, Everest is climbed not by individuals but by partnerships." 

The search for the remaining missing climbers is set to resume today. 

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Live Mount Everest jump canceled after avalanche deaths
Climber Joby Ogwyn's wingsuit jump would have had him descending more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds of over 150 miles per hour.