FoxNews.comJim Whittaker throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Seattle, Wash. May 1 will be the 50th anniversary of Whittaker becoming the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP2013)
“There was no feeling of exhilaration,” Whittaker told CBS News, recalling the moment he stepped on top of Everest. “No feeling of, ‘Boy we pulled it off.’ I was just a frail human being. We were just hanging on to life.”
“I only walked 40 miles,” he told the station of the 2012 hike. “But it was high, that’s the difficulty.”
This summer, Whittaker has plans to hike as many national parks as he can.
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