(KING) Text messages have allowed the family of a mountain climber from Issaquah, Washington to know he’s safe in Nepal. But his attention has turned from survival to helping save the villagers around him.
“He can text only 150 characters, but as many texts as he wants,” said Robert Pirtle, Chris Smith’s uncle.
Those short stories of survival are priceless for Chris Smith’s family.
“He has catalogued 1,200 people in these villages and they are desperate,” said Pirtle.
Pirtle says Smith and a couple of his friends were planning on hiking the peaks near Everest when the earthquake hit. They managed to make it down from base camp through treacherous conditions.
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