April 30th, 2014
05:59 AM ET

Wing Suit Explorer Joby Ogwyn Opens Up About Mount Everest Avalanche

Climber Joby Ogwyn was going to attempt to make the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mount Everest, and it was all going to be featured in a live television special.

But earlier this month, an avalanche struck the area just above the base camp, killing 13 Sherpa guides, including three guides from Ogwyn's team.

"It was a strange thing, I just happened to be awake," he told CNN's Michaela Pereira."It was early in the morning, about 6:45, and I heard it. It actually didn't sound like a really big avalanche. But I could tell it was from the general direction of the ice fall and I knew my guys and a lot of the other guys were up there. I unzipped the tent, I saw it come right over the top from camp one and covered up everybody I saw."

Ogwyn said after the tragedy, the mission to document his own adventure on Mt. Everest changed.

He said instead, what you will see in the Discovery Channel's "Everest Avalanche Tragedy," is meant to honor those lost in the avalanche.

"I think it will be a tribute to these guys and show how passionate they are about climbing up the mountain."

You can see the special on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, May 4, at 9 PM.

If you'd like to help the families of the deceased, visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/

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  1. Bev

    I am horrified that cnn ended their broadcast asking the public to donate to the families of the Sherpa. I feel it was
    cnn that put those people at risk and cnn and their flying show should pay BIG TIME.

    May 5, 2014 at 2:13 am | Reply

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