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Follow Along: Dispatch
One: From the Inside Out, A personal account
of the Big E... Mount Everest. It's hard to believe. This first
dispatch is a difficult one to write because by its form, "the first dispatch"
assumes that this is the beginning. I am certain that most of you are here
because of your love of the mountain and not your love for me. I will
therefore omit the story that brought me here as much as possible and
concentrate on our mutual interest, the Big E.
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Charlie Wittmack is a young, up and coming climber
who will be enjoying his rookie year on Mount
Everest this spring. Wittmack, age 25, has led
over a dozen expeditions to Canada, Alaska, South
America, Mexico, Europe and Africa. Highlights
from his climbing career include expeditions to
Denali, Aconcagua, Orizaba, Iztacihuattel, the
Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kenya,
and countless other 14,000 ft peaks around the world, many of these on
multiple expeditions. He is an experienced rock climber, having
climbed extensively in the United States, including spending several
months on the big walls of Yosemite Valley.
During the winters,
Wittmack can usually be found on ice from the North
Shore to Ouray. He is an avid cyclist, competing in
the Mid-Atlantic off-road cycling circuit. Wittmack
also enjoys bicycle touring, and has ridden and worked
on the legendary RAGBRAI tour nearly ten times and
participated in a 5400-mile cross-country ride.
Wittmack is the
Director of The Adventure Institute, an educational
non-profit organization providing adventure based
educational and motivational programs to students in