Everest photographers raising money for Sherpas

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado photographer who says a Sherpa saved his life on Mount Everest is among about a dozen photographers trying to raise money for the Sherpa community following this month's deadly avalanche.

Pete McBride of Basalt told the Aspen Times that the photographers have all worked in the Himalayas and depended on Sherpa guides.

They are offering signed prints for $100 each through the website sherpasfund.org through Wednesday. They say the proceeds, after printing and shipping, will go to the Sherpa community.

McBride says they've raised $300,000 so far with a goal of raising $500,000.

McBride is offering a photo of a lone climber descending Everest's Valley of Silence. Soon after taking it, he says he fell into a crevasse and barely caught himself from falling farther.

He says Mingma Sherpa "plucked" him out, laughing nonchalantly.

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