CBS News producer Liza Finley was at the Everest Basecamp last spring during Whittaker's final ascent. Her exclusive report:
"We got a call at about 5AM that [Whittaker and Rhoads] were on the South Summit, which is just about 300 feet below the summit... a couple of hours later, at about 7AM, we got the call that he was on the summit."
Hear Real Audio reports from Finley:
Whittaker's Ascent To The Summit.
The Incredible Obstacles Surmounted.
Whittaker's Current Health Status.
Team Conflict Surrounding Whittaker's
The Experience Of Everest.