Glen Plake cheated death once again, though his friends were not so lucky.
Plake, 48, is a Livermore native, champion freestyle skier and "renown extreme skier," according to the Associated Press. He was present at the site of a Himalayan avalanche this weekend that claimed the lives of three of his hiking and skiing companions, the news service reported.
The mohawked Plake, who now lives in Tahoe, was planning on skiing Mount Manalsu, the world's eight-higest mountain. He was in his tent, "reading my Bible," when "the tent began to shake," he told reporters.
It was an avalanche. He was not caught up in it, but friends Remy George Lecluse and Gregory Ugo Costa, both of France, were, the news service reported.
The avalanche swept up several tents on Mount Manaslu before dawn on Sunday, at an elevation of 7,000 feet, according to reports.