Local Skier Tells How He Survived Avalanche in Himalayas
The avalanche on Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas struck early Sunday morning, killing at least 8 people. Authorities said at least three others are still missing.
Amazingly, Glen Plake is one of the survivors.
Plake is known by many as a daredevil. He's been climbing and skiing for years and already survived two avalanches.
Plake and his friends were hoping to be the first to climb and ski down Mount Manaslu without using oxygen.
Sadly, Mother Nature had other plans.
About two dozen climbers were sleeping at a camp, just above 22,000 feet when disaster hit.
Plake said he was awake in his tent, reading his bible, when he heard a loud roar.
A wall of snow swept away all of the tents and the people in them.
The avalanche hurled Plake a thousand feet down the mountain Plake said he was barefoot and injured.
He was able to punch his way out of his tent to search for others, but found no one.
"You know, you are doing everything you want to do because your friends' lives depend on your next actions and unfortunately everything I did proved to produce nothing. So, at that point I started thinking about my own life, and start preparing.
Plake said the camp looked like a war zone when rescue crews arrived to fly him and other survivors out.
Plake is famous for making light of risk-taking, but said he's now heartbroken his friends are still missing and presumed dead.
The search operation has started up again after being suspended for bad weather.
Authorities said there's little hope of finding any more survivors.