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Lowville doctor conquers Everest, adds peak to his ‘7 Summits’ list

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Dr. Manoj R. Vora can’t help but feel on top of the world.

At about 9:10 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, the Lowville doctor and four Sherpas reached the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas.

This was Dr. Vora’s second attempt at climbing Mount Everest. In May 2010, he was within 2,700 feet of the summit when hypothermia caused him to turn around.

Dr. Vora is now one of the few who have climbed the “Seven Summits”: the highest points on each of the Earth’s seven continents. He scaled his sixth summit — Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica — in December 2010. According to the expedition company 7 Summits, there are fewer than 110 Americans who have topped all the peaks.

Dr. Vora, 52, began his Seven Summits quest in 2003.

His wife, Sheree, and family members were watching his progress live on Tuesday through a Spot GPS tracking device. “We could see his steps up the mountain and where he stopped briefly for a rest,” Mrs. Vora said.

Dr. Vora called his wife at 3 a.m. Wednesday from base camp four and talked briefly.

Mrs. Vora said her husband would be on the mountain for another three to five days.

The climbing bug hit Dr. Vora, an internal medicine specialist at Lewis County General Hospital, when he was growing up in India.

Mrs. Vora said Mount Everest is the culmination of a dream of her husband’s. “He wants to inspire the younger generation to dream, and to dream big,” she said.

Mrs. Vora said that if all goes as scheduled, her husband should be home sometime next week.

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