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Avalanche Survivor -- Once Frostbitten, Not Shy

8/18/2008 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He barely survived a disastrous trip to K2, where 11 other climbers in his crew were killed in a freak avalanche -- but for 23-year-old Nicholas Rice the most daunting tasks appeared to be the endless interviews at LAX, paying his $1,000 satellite phone bill and getting his Starbucks fix.

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