Extreme Skier Glen Plake Survives Avalanche in Nepal
An extreme skier with several ties to Nevada is alive after surviving a deadly avalanche in Nepal.
At 4:45 Sunday morning, a mountain of snow came roaring down Mount Manaslu. The avalanche hit a camp at 22,960 feet, as a group of climbers were preparing to head up toward the summit. At least nine people were killed, and at least six people have been rescued.
Family friends tell Channel 2 News that free skiing legend Glen Plake was among those rescued. Plake grew up in Lake Tahoe and his friends tell us he currently lives in Silver Springs.
Back in 2002, Heavenly named Plake its "Ski.E.O" and in 2010, he was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
By Sunday night, Plake's Facebook page was flooded with comments from friends and fans, grateful for his safety, and expressing sorrow for those who were killed.
Nepal's Tourism Ministry on Monday identified eight of the nine climbers killed in an avalanche that hit them before dawn a day earlier while they slept in their tents high on Mount Manaslu, the world's eighth tallest peak. Four of those identified were French, and the others were from Germany, Italy, Nepal and Spain. Searchers were still trying Monday to find six others who were missing. The climbers who died came from all walks of life. Here are snapshots of who they were.
MARTI GASULL, 43, Spain
Founded and led the Barcelona-based Plataforma per la Llengua (Platform for the Language in Catalan) group that promotes and defends the Catalan language and culture of his native region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, where many citizens want greater autonomy from Spain or outright independence. His group described Gasull as an independence supporter and an experienced mountaineer. He was born in Barcelona, Spain's second largest city, and is survived by his parents and a younger brother.
FABRICE PRIEZ, France
Mountain guide based in Chamonix in the French Alps, supervised activities in Chamonix for the UCPA national sport vacation organization.
CATHERINE MARIE ANDREE RICARD, France
Lived in Chamonix in the French Alps, described by French media as a climber.
LUDOVIC PAUL NICHOLAS CHALLEAT, France
Mountain guide originally from Lyon who most recently lived in Chamonix in the French Alps. He recently posted videos online from climbing and skiing expeditions from Greenland to the Himalayas.
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