Family celebrates Fort Collins climber's Everest ascent

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - As Jim Davidson made his way to the top of Mount Everest on Sunday, his family rejoiced the ascent nearly 12 hours and 7,600 miles (12,230 kilometers) away in Fort Collins.

The Coloradoan reports Davidson reached the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) summit Sunday while his wife, Gloria, and their two children followed his progress via Garmin.

This was Davidson's second attempt at scaling the mountain on the Nepal/Tibet border. Two years ago, he was at Everest's Base Camp when an earthquake struck, killing more than 20 people.

Davidson left Fort Collins for Everest in mid-March. He is scheduled to land in Denver on Friday.

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