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A Man Obsessed

Charlie Wittmack wanted to conquer the world, even if it killed him

Updated: July 13, 2011, 7:15 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

Chapter 1: Risking It All

Typical day at the jewelry store. A 30-something man walks in, wanders over to a glass case and gazes down in the hope he's making a decision that will lead to elation.

Only this man is Charlie Wittmack, who leaves tomorrow on a quest to test the limits of the human body.

Charlie says this is the $25,000 engagement ring he couldn't afford a decade ago. It's a surprise. His wife, Cate, has no idea her husband is here. But really, ...

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