Former Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville reached out to friends and family back home in the United States yesterday to let them know he was safe following last week’s deadly avalanche on Mt. Everest.
Linville was on The Mountain as part of a climbing team sponsored by The Heroes Project, a nonprofit organized to help warriors, veterans, and their families through community-based programs.
A Marine since 2006, Linville was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician; a job he chose and trained for at Camp Pendleton; a job that cost him a leg but didn’t keep him from fulfilling his dream.
Linville, 28, was at Everest Base Camp Friday when the avalanche tore down the mountainside and claimed the lives of 13 Sherpas who were preparing the trail for the trek.
This was the second climb organized by The Heroes Project. They were planning to film the climb for a documentary featuring Charlie Linville.
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