Tri-City & Other Northwest Links to Deadly Avalanche on Mt. Everest
A Tri-Cities woman says her husband, Ang Dorjee Sherpa is safe on Mount Everest, but distraught.
TRI-CITIES, WA - A Tri-Cities woman says her husband, Ang Dorjee Sherpa is safe on Mount Everest, but distraught. Michelle Gregory tells NBC Right Now three of the 12 Sherpa killed in an avalanche on the mountain Friday morning worked for her husband, three more were injured, one seriously.
The avalanche tragedy is also linked to several other people in the Northwest. A Seattle-based guiding service says five Nepalese guides on its climbing team are among those who died. Alpine Ascents International's Gordon Janow said Friday from Seattle that the company's Sherpa guides had gone up the mountain to help set up camp and check out conditions for other climbers. He learned of their deaths from others at base camp.
He says it's a tight-knit climbing community and they're still processing the tragedy. Eleven climbers and other guides with Alpine Ascents were safe at base camp when the avalanche hit.
A man from Boise climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in the avalanche. The Heroes Project spokesman Zach Rosenfield says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville remains abase campmp at 17,598 feet where he arrived on Wednesday.
Linville lost his right foot, several fingers and suffered an injured back while diffusing a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011. The Heroes Project is making a documentary about injured veterans climbing the tallest peaks on seven continents. Rosenfield says Mount Everest is the project's last peak to be climbed.
Rosenfield says none of the six members of the team were caught in the avalanche. He says the team is assessing the situation before deciding its next move.