Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Safe On Everest After Avalanche (Video)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Camp Pendleton Marine veteran Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, an amputee who lost his leg while disposing of an IED in Afghanistan, is safe on Mount Everest after a deadly avalanche there killed at least 13 people on Friday.
The Associated Press reports Linville, 28, was at Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet) when the avalanche took the lives of 13 sherpas who were preparing the trail for other climbers.
Linville is a member of a climbing team sponsored by The Heroes Project, a nonprofit that aims to empower service members, veterans, and military families. The Heroes Project was planning to film a documentary about Linville's Everest climb.
But spokesman Zach Rosenfield says the team is reassessing whether or not to participate in the climb after the avalanche, which was the deadliest accident ever on Mount Everest.
Linville joined the Marines in 2006. He attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego, and Infantry School at Camp Pendleton. Linville also completed his job training to be a Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician at Base EOD at Camp Pendleton.
Los Angeles television station KTLA-TV interviewed Linville on Veteran's Day in 2013 right after he found out he was selected to climb Everest. Take a look below:
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