“We left some resources at a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery that had been ravaged by the Chinese in the cultural revolution,” he said.
He still has some climbing goals to attain, including a desire to scale the remaining seven of the 100 highest peaks in Colorado. But Udall, 61, said his extreme climbing days might be finished: “A family man shouldn’t climb at that level. There are too many risks.”
But he’s not ready to rule it out completely. “I think the oldest climber to summit Everest was 70 years old,” Udall said. “I’m not going to say never, but right now, my Everest is my re-election in 2014.”
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