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Snowbird Owner Slows While Ascending Mt. Everest

Snowbird Owner Slows While Ascending Mt. Everest

Posted - May 1, 2003 at 8:09 a.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Ski resort Snowbird owner Dick Bass is having a harder time on his second ascent of Mount Everest than he had the first time around.

The 73-year-old Bass is attempting to be the oldest person to climb Everest, the world's highest peak.

He climbed the mountain in 1985 at the age of 55 as part of his quest to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents.

But his attempt this time has been slow going.

Bass injured his back while diving into a tent more than a mile below Everest's summit.

Walking is painful for him, so he's taking a six-day break for rest and medication at the 17,000-foot base camp.

Bass is part of Generations on Everest with three other mountaineers.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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