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Local mountain climber returns to Himalayas

October 6, 2009 |  4:33 pm

Ktla_newsHere's one of the stories that KTLA Channel 5 News is planning for its 10 p.m. broadcast:

LOCAL ALPINIST RETURNS TO HIMALAYAS: A 24-year-old alpinist who grew up in Hermosa Beach was more than 18,000 feet high today on Shishapangma, the world's 14th-tallest mountain, in the Tibetan Himalayas. To date, Nicholas Rice says, he has reached the peaks of four of the world's 8,000-meter peaks -- including Cho Oyu in Tibet in 2004, Gasherbrum II in Pakistan in 2006 and Manaslu in Nepal in May this year. Thirteen months ago, Rice survived a deadly episode on K2 in Pakistan, when 11 other climbers died on the so-called Savage Mountain.