TEL AVIV (Jul. 18)
Hopes have virtually faded of finding alive any of the 6 international mountaineers who were buried under an avalanche of snow last Friday in the Pam mountain range in Soviet Tadzhikistan, near the Chinese border.
The group, which included four Israelis, has been at a base camp at an elevation of 17,4$ feet, preparing for the final assault on the 23,406-foot Lenin Peak, when a minor early tremor triggered a massive snowslide. The entire camp was carried some 1,000 feet.