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Eric Meyer sits atop Mount Everest in 2004. Meyer, who grew up climbing in Montana and Wyoming, topped Everest and also attempted another 8,000-meter peak before traveling this summer to attempt to climb K2 in Pakistan. He said it's difficult even to compare Everest to K2. The latter is considered the most difficult mountain in the world.

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Steeped in danger

On Aug. 1, Eric Meyer set out to climb K2, the world's 2nd highest peak - it ended in catastrophe with 11 dead

The years melted away from Eric Meyer as he told his story, blond hair falling across his forehead as he recalled mountaineering in the Grand Tetons, and a bright smile lighting up tales of climbing Mount Rainier and reaching the summit of Mount Everest.

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