By Jan Galletta
A Chattanooga physician and grandfather has ended his quest to climb to the top of 29,029-foot-high Mount Everest.
In a Thursday dispatch from the Nepal base camp, Dr. Larry Rigsby, 54, wrote that altitude-related circulation and respiratory problems had caused him to abandon attempts to reach the Everest summit. He had trained for the trek more than two years and had arrived March 31 to begin the ascent on the South Col, the route Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay took in 1953 when they became the first known alpinists to reach the top of the world’s tallest peak.
“I gave the mountain my best,” he said.
Dr. Rigsby had climbed to an altitude of roughly 19,500 feet when dizziness and shortness of breath caused him to discontinue the expedition with his Colorado-based Team No Limits, according to his daughter Amy Rigsby McGhee.
She said his medical condition had stabilized and he is expected to fly home to Chattanooga sometime next week.
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