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Climbers recount surviving deadly Everest avalanche

Jim Davidson and Jon Kedrowski join "CBS This Morning" to discuss what it would take to go back
Mount Everest climbers on surviving avalanche, dramatic rescue 05:24

Climbers Jim Davidson and Jon Kedrowski both survived last month's avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 18 people on the mountain, including four Americans.

Kedrowski was attempting his second climb of Everest and said he would "go back in a second."

"Mountains are my passion and it's just a place I really have a connection to, Nepal as a whole," Kedrowski said Monday on "CBS This Morning."

Davidson said he may go back but would "give it some thought."

"I'm waiting to see how the mountain stabilizes, how the mountain community, including the Sherpa community, recover a little bit," he said.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal triggered avalanches in the Himalayas and led to more than 7,600 deaths.

Davidson described feeling "extreme anxiety" as he was pummeled by the ice and snow.

"You're afraid to die and you're trying to optimize your circumstances of yourselves and your partners but not quite terror because that can sort of immobilize you," Davidson said.

Both have written books on climbing. Davidson and journalist Kevin Vaughan wrote "The Ledge, An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival" and Kedrowski, along with meteorologist Chris Tomer, wrote "Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys."

To hear more on Davidson and Kedrowski's survival, watch the video above.

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