Apr 28, 2015 1:16 PM by News Staff, Photo: Luca Galuzzi / MGN
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California man who had been planning to climb Mount Everest for at least a decade was among the four Americans killed in the avalanche unleashed by a powerful earthquake in Nepal.
On Monday, the State Department confirmed that Vinh Truong, of Sunnyvale, Calif., was among the four Americans killed at the hikers' base camp in Saturday's avalanche. The official death toll from the disaster has soared past 4,000 people, though that number is expected to climb significantly.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Truong was an outdoorsman who enjoyed river rafting and paragliding, but most of all hiking.
Friend Michelle Fennessy met Truong while both were studying at the University of Chicago. They both loved the outdoors and she was struck by Truong's quirky sense of humor and ability to stay cool under pressure, the newspaper reported.
Information from: Los Angeles Times
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