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Root's 18 years of mountaineering

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Bridger Root, shown here on a pickup truck near his family's home outside Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, is a recent graduate of the Lowell Whiteman School and an accomplished mountaineer at age 18. Photo by Brian Ray

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Steamboat native Bridger Root ascends a 16,000-foot ridge on Alaska's Mt. McKinley during his long-awaited summit expedition during the third week in June. John Culberson/courtesy

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Bridger Root stands atop a rock outcropping called Washburn's Thumb, located on a 16,000-foot ridge on his June ascent of 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley. John Culberson/courtesy

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Bridger Root climbs up Washburn's Thumb, one of the few exposed rock sections on an otherwise glaciated climb up Mt. McKinley in June. John Culberson/courtesy

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The view from the permanent ranger camp at 14,000 feet on Mt. McKinley, looking southwest to 17,400-foot Mt. Foraker, also located in Alaska's Denali National Park. John Culberson/courtesy

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Steamboat's Brick Root, 54, called his summit of Mt. McKinley on June 15, pictured here on the 20,320-foot summit ridge (foreground), as the, "grand finale," to an accomplished mountaineering career with his son, Bridger. John Culberson/courtesy

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