Boise veteran abandons Mt. Everest attempt after avalanche

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise climber Charlie Linville, a retired Marine sergeant who lost his leg and some of his fingers in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan, is abandoning an attempt to climb Mt. Everest.

Linville was attempting to climb the beast of a mountain with the Heroes Project but the attempt was canceled after more than a dozen people died due to an avalanche last week.

Linville and his team were not injured in the accident.

The Heroes Project founder Tim Medvetz released the following statement:

"We have decided to come home and are no longer pursuing Operation Everest: 2014, honoring our Sherpas' decision to not climb this year, and out of respect for those who were lost last week. We have spent the last week focused on the recovery effort and mourning those who were lost and discussing all aspects as a team."

"The bond and personal relationships I have with these men goes back over ten years, they are my family. They are members of our team and out of respect to our Sherpas, we are not continuing. We fully support their decision to leave the mountain and we will leave the mountain together the same way we came up, as a team."