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Spokane man becomes the oldest American man to climb Mt. Everest

NEPAL - A Spokane man has made history.  66-year-old Dawes Eddy reached the summit of Mt. Everest and is now the oldest man in the United States to make that accomplishment.     

Eddy's website reads, "When you turn 65 do you want to be over the hill or still able to climb the hill?"  Eddy is still climbing at 66 years-old. He was one of 15 others on the 2009 international mountain guides team to reach Mount Everest's summit today.      \

Eddy started climbing mountains in 1985 and has summited more than 25 peaks, some of them multiple times.     

His wife, Mary Kay Eddy started crying when she talked about her husband's historic accomplishment. "It's really exciting. I'm just so proud of him. I knew he could do it but to have it actually happen is wonderful.     

Mary Kay Eddy tracked her husband's whole trip at home so she would know where he was supposed to be the whole climb.  She says he may be 66 in age but he definitely still thinks he's 18.  She's talked to him a few times on the climb up Everest and says he's had a great trip. "He always tells me he feels great, everything is great. He's never even taken aspirin for altitude sickness or a headache.  He's in his element, I think. He was built to do this."         

Mary Kay hopes to see her husband by the end of the week.  She did lead on that she hopes this is his last climb.

Mt. Everest is 29,035 feet high. 186 people have died trying to climb the peak.

Cindi Dehoog
KHQ Reporter

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