Adventure: A Couple Of High Climbers

HIMALAYAN HOMECOMING

All day Ellie Weihenmayer's phone rang with updates of her husband's ascent up the white monster called Everest. But the reports did little to ease her nerves. It had been almost two weeks since she last heard his voice, and she'd spent too many sleepless nights chasing away fears of avalanches and infinitely deep crevasses. Then, at 10 p.m. on May 24, the news came: Erik had reached the summit. "My friends and I broke out in celebration," recalls Ellie.

Yet moments later, the fear returned. A mountain climber herself, Ellie knew she could not rest until Erik was safe...

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