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Back from Everest: Spokane man with short-lived record returns home

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Dawes Eddy, 66, returned home to Spokane after climbing Mt. Everest (Photo: SWX) Dawes Eddy, 66, returned home to Spokane after climbing Mt. Everest (Photo: SWX)

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane man who - for a few hours at least - was the oldest American man to summit Mt. Everest returned to the Lilac City Wednesday.

Dawes Eddy, 66, walked through the gates at Spokane International Airport with a lot of pride and collection of memories.  His pictures of Mt. Everest were still on his camera when he touched down in Spokane.

Eddy left for Nepal back in March, reached the summit last week, and returned to Spokane on Wednesday to a host of friends and family. 

He recalled a conversation he had with a Sherpa on the mountain, and whether or not the guide was worried about climbing with a 66-year-old man.

"He said, ‘yeah, at first when I saw your age, I was concerned, but after I climbed with him a couple of days,' he said, ‘your one strong guy, we'll make it,'' recalled Eddy.  "[That] gave me a little confidence."

Eddy said he's still exhausted from the climb and change in altitude.  He lost a few pounds during the expedition but is looking forward to his wife's cooking to gain the pounds back.

At the time, Eddy was the oldest American man to reach the top of Mt. Everest.  His fame would be short-lived, however.  Only two days later, a 67-year-old man from California reached the top of the mountain, pushing Eddy of the top of the record books.
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