4-29-15 andy land talks with wfdl news from mt. everest

A Fond du Lac man says he thought he was going to die on Mount Everest.  In an exclusive interview on AM 1170 WFDL’s Between the Lines program,  Andy Land says his team had traversed the Khumbu Icefall and he was in his tent at Camp1 when the earthquake struck Saturday.  “When we were in our tent at 20,000 feet and the earthquake hit we didn’t know it was an earthquake at first.  We just thought it was a huge avalanche so big it was shaking the glacier.  We could it them coming from all sides and we thought we were going to die,”  Lamb said.   Land says when things settled down, their route down the mountain, the icefall, had been destroyed.  On Sunday the weather broke and helicopters were able to transport the stranded climbers back to base camp.  Land says it will take his team 3-4 days to trek back down the mountain.  “I’m still on the mountain and a long, long way from being home.  I’ve been thinking about my family.”   Land says he wants people to know he is okay.  Lamb says he doesn’t think he’ll ever go back and says his thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the earthquake and avalanche.  “The earthquake was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through in my life, basically just sitting in the tent waiting for it to hit you and for you to die.”

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