The team that summited Everest on the first all-Black expedition

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It was time to call in a helicopter. After years of planning and months of training to climb Mount Everest on the first all-Black expedition to the world’s tallest peak, 35-year-old Fred Campbell came down with a respiratory infection soon after arriving in Nepal in April. Campbell fought the infection for weeks on acclimatization hikes with his mountaineering team, Full Circle Everest, but by the time he reached Camp 3 at 24,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas, his fever spiked to 104 degrees. The medical evacuation took Campbell back to Everest Base Camp, where he joined Wenatchee Vall…

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