Everest climber returns to Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Everest climber returns to Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sixty six-year-old Dawes Eddy enjoyed the ride. The Spokane man was the oldest American to complete the climb of the world's highest mountain until a California man reached the Mt. Everest summit just days later.

Eddy returned to Spokane Wednesday afternoon after 2 months away from home.

"The emotion is just being really, really glad to have accomplished it because you work really so hard in preparation," he said.

Eddy's wife, Mary Kay, noted he was taking the escalator rather than stairs as his body heals from the grueling climb.

Eddy reached the peak of Everest last week. He said the Sherpa guide helping him had reservations about Eddy's age at the start of the hike, but reassessed the group's chances a few days later.

"He (the guide) said, ‘You're one strong guy. We'll make it,'" according to Eddy, "that gave me a little confidence."

The mountain climber said he is considering a climb at Mt. McKinley next but does not plan to try Everest again.

"This was a one shot deal," he said.

Friends and family met Eddy at the airport. His chocolate lab waited outside for Eddy to return.

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