While Nate and his some of the amazing survivors he met were stranded on that hilltop for about a day, he says not everything about the experience was negative.

"Despite the death and the destruction and the horror, there was an incredible amount of beauty going on at that time," Nate says. "The beauty in the midst of it was just so staggering. The kindness that was shown, not only to me, but to one another. You could feel the humanity: it was palpable and it was very, very real. When you're there and you have nothing and you have no clothing and you have no identification and you have no water and you have no food, you are dependent on someone else's smile."