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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A bad back has forced Dick Bass to call off his attempt to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, a spokesman for the expedition said Wednesday.
Bass, 73, a Dallas businessman who founded Utah's Snowbird Ski Resort, and Jim Wickwire, a 62-year-old Seattle lawyer who was the first American to climb K2, were both planning to leave the mountain because of health problems, said the team's Seattle spokesman, Dan McConnell.

Two other members of the ''Generations On Everest'' expedition, John Roskelley and his son Jess, planned to set out Wednesday or Thursday for a high-altitude base camp in an attempt to reach the summit, McConnell said. If successful, Jess Roskelley, 20, would be the youngest American to climb the 29,035-foot peak.

McConnell said he talked with John Roskelley by satellite telephone early Wednesday from the expedition's base camp at Rongbuk, Tibet. He said Roskelley told him a ''relentless'' windstorm shredded tents and scattered supplies of the four-man climbing team and their support personnel.

Bass aggravated a back injury and was unable to carry a pack, McConnell said. Wickwire, who climbed K2 in 1978, was having trouble acclimating to the altitude and was having difficulty breathing, he said.
The fierce wind storm, which lasted more than five days, devastated the team's advance camp at about 27,000 feet on the mountain's North Col, as well as the 19,000-foot base camp, McConnell said.

''It's very likely Wickwire and Bass will turn over all their equipment to the Roskelleys to make sure they've got the maximum resources for an attempt, and probably leave the mountain,'' McConnell said.

Wickwire waited out the storm for five days in a tent at the high altitude camp before returning to base camp on Tuesday, McConnell said.
''It looks like the fortunes of this expedition are falling to the Roskelley clan,'' McConnell said. ''They are healthy and are making plans to make a summit attempt within the next two weeks.''

Roskelley, 54, and his son, both of Spokane, feel they have a strong shot at making it to the top if the weather holds, the spokesman said.
All of the team members are seasoned climbers, but only Bass has reached the Everest summit, in 1985 when he was 55.

Wickwire and the elder Roskelley have attempted Everest but never summited.
Jess Roskelley is a mountain guide taking time off from his studies at the University of Montana for the expedition.
The party began its climb March 30 from Tibet.

The oldest person to climb Everest is Sherman Bull, who reached the summit on May 25, 2001, at age 64. The youngest is Temba Tsheri, who climbed it three days earlier at age 15.

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Story By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer
From Trib.com

On the Net:

http://www.generationsoneverest.com

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I think this is good. Bass should watch his health very closely. If tries to push himself, he could die.
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every 1 can on everest  and btw.....better to burn out then to fade away

go dick, go dick , go dick ;D
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trunl

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does better to burn than fade away mean that he should die climbing, because if you are saying that then its really stupid
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I think you interped thingslike you wanna read..in other word read it again without prejudice before you draw lame conclusions chappy
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well why dont you explain to me what you are saying?
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like i said in other treats..you take everything so serieus


and btw..i can imagene worse deaths then a climbing death ;D
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someone tell me what btw is!!   ??? ??? ??? ???
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by the way m8 :)
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a agree with what you said earlier, climbing death is second best kind, next to instant death with no pain.
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