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San Diego man shares story after being stranded on Mt. Everest

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local man who was trapped for days with his son after the devastating Nepal earthquake safely arrived home Monday night, and he shared his experience with CBS News 8.

The San Diego CEO said surviving the Nepal earthquake not only made his relationship with his college son stronger, but made him a better person and he wants to continue helping his guides and the thousands of Nepalese who lost everything.

"It felt like the earth opened and swallowed us," he said when describing the earthquake.

He dodged rolling boulders the size of trucks, and he now has an eye infection.

"It could have been a shard of stone," he said.

Larry Neugarten said he is not worried about his eye. "I have a sense of sadness more than anything else," he said.

Neugarten, his 22-year-old son Jesse and his son's girlfriend and father were stranded on Mount Everest for six days.

"We knew that we were trapped and there was nothing we could do. I would rather have them saving someone's life than coming to pick me up because we were cold and hungry and scared" he said.

He helped by making message boards of missing and accounted.

"I decided I was going to be a better human while I was up there. That wasn't worrying about myself, but for the other people," he said.

Larry said he is now home to his reality but worries about what Nepalese continue to face. No food, no home, or water. He has set up a fund page for his porters and he said he will return.

"I feel like I have a sense of duty of not a sense of guilt. I feel the world has to stand up and give something," he said.

Larry and his family have raised over $8,000 for the guides. You can give to Larry's cause by clicking here.

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