Iowa's Charlie Wittmack scales Everest

Updated: July 15, 2011, 5:33 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

Charlie Wittmack climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest on Friday, the latest achievement in an extreme test of human endurance that began in England 10 months ago.

Wittmack, a 34-year-old Iowa attorney who became the first Iowan to summit Everest back in 2003, reached the highest point on Earth for a second time at about 1 a.m. ET. Cate Wittmack followed her husband's progress from Charlotte, N.C., with a GPS tracker he wore on his suit.

"I was lying in bed staring at this ...

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