Boise man travels to Nepal to train Shirpas safe climbing skills

Posted at 10:54 PM, Feb 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 00:55:10-05
"We've all seen it in the movies, climbers struggling to stand literally on top of the world, then suddenly plummeting to an icy death.
But, a Boise man who just returned back from Nepal is trying to make sure every climber who attempts to summit Mount Everest understands, getting to the top is optional, but getting down is mandatory.
Doug Colwell, Co-owner of Idaho Mountain Guides has never actually climbed Everest himself, but in the tight-knit climbing community, Colwell is not only well respected but also an incredibly accomplished rock-jock.
He's pioneered more than 500 1st ascents, climbed on 4 continents, and made an attempt on arguably the toughest mountain in the world to climb, K-2.
He made the more than 7000 mile journey to Nepal not to climb Everest, but rather to teach others, in particular, Sherpas how to do so safely at the Khumbu Climbing Center. 
Lacey Darrow has the story.