Dan Fredinburg in the Tetons Via Instagram.

Dan Fredinburg, the Google employee who died during Saturday’s avalanche on Mount Everest, called the Mission District his home.

As the New York Times reports, Fredinburg was at Everest Base Camp when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit and the falling debris from avalanche struck the 33-year-old tech executive. He died from serious head wounds.

While Fredinburg worked at Google X, friends and colleagues described him to the San Francisco Chronicle as much more than a tech executive. An avid climber and traveler, Fredinburg was also passionate about numerous social issues. He helped co-found an organization called Save the Ice, which hoped to educate people about climate change. During his adventures on Everest, Fredinburg posted frequently on social media to document the place where the effects of climate change could be most clearly seen.

“Dan was a mountaineer and explorer because he loved to climb and see the world,” said Dr. Mike North, co-founder of Save the Ice, told the Chronicle. “His purpose in the world was much bigger. Much of it revolved around calling attention to how we as individuals can make a difference.”

In the Mission, Fredinburg was also in the process of establishing the Laundry, a co-working space with a focus on social impact start-ups. In September, the Laundry successfully raised $7,930 to renovate a space on 26th Street for non-profits and other start-ups with a mission of social good.

His trip to Everest was also a fundraising effort to support two Nepali orphanages via the site OrphanGift. Friends encourage those who can to contribute to Fredinburg’s fundraising campaign at CrowdRise, where 100% of the proceeds will go to communities in Nepal affected by the earthquake.

We’ve reached out to friends of Fredinburg and will update this post with more as warranted. 

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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