Plake says he’s “luckiest person in the world” after surviving terrifying avalanche in Nepal that killed his climbing partners

Glen Plake is no stranger to risk; he’s spent a lifetime on the edge as a backcountry skier who has toured the world’s most remote and challenging terrain.

But even Plake was stunned by the terrifying turn of events that occurred at his encampment 20,000 feet up Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas of northern Nepal, where he and his skiing partners were attempting to become the first team to climb and then ski the world’s eighth highest peak without oxygen.

Before they could make the attempt, an avalanche tore through the camp at 22,960 feet early Sunday (Sept. 23), sending Plake tumbling more than 800 feet down the mountain still entangled in his sleeping bag. Although Plake survived, 8 have died and 3 remain missing, including his two climbing partners. Read the first day story.

Since then, Plake has climbed down and shared his experience with the Associated Press and spoken with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  Watch the video.

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