Wait of the world

Charlie Wittmack dreamed of pushing himself to the ends of the earth. But it was his wife, Cate, who propelled him to actually do it.

Updated: July 18, 2011, 9:44 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the July 25, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine. See Wayne Drehs' story on ESPN.com here, and listen to Jeremy Schaap interview Wayne Drehs for The Sporting Life here.

THE DOTS ARE ORANGE. A new one appears every 10 minutes. This is the only way Cate Wittmack knows her husband is still alive.

Halfway around the world, Charlie Wittmack is by himself, plodding through knee- and waist-high snowdrifts in an attempt to be one of the first men in 2011 ...

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