In December, Donald Cash ceased trading as a software vendor to achieve his goal of climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. He died on Wednesday shortly after he had climbed Mount Everest, the last mountain on his list.
The man, Mr. Cash, 54, of Sandy, Utah, fainted after reaching the summit and could not be revived. Mr. Cash's daughter Brandalin Cash and his son Tanner Cash said he had suffered a heart attack.
Mount Everest is located in the Himalayas and is the highest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet.
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His children said that Mr. Cash quit his job in December to finish the last two summits on his list that he has reviewed since 2015. Her father left for Mount Everest in April seventh and last goal.
Before the family left, she gathered to "bless" Mr. Cash.
"He loved her so much because he was put to the test," Brandalin Cash, 29, said about her father's wanderings. She acknowledged that his ascents had led to health problems for her father, including the loss of fingers and toes.
Mr. Cash's body will not return to Utah, and his children said he had often boasted that he had signed a statement that his body should be left behind if he died on a slope. Brandalin Cash added that her father said he would rather die on a mountain than in a hospital bed.
Mr. Cash's travels around the globe left a lasting impression on his children.
"Life has more to offer," said Brandalin Cash. "You can try to have fun, but there is more to travel and go somewhere. I loved all his walks.
Josh Ray, who has been friends with Mr. Cash for eight years, praised him for his courageous life.
"He was bigger than life," Mr. Ray said at Adobe with Mr. Cash. "Physically a big guy. He was always happy. Always a smile.
He added that Mr. Cash loved his family and never hesitated to share his experiences and mentoring with others, including Mr. Ray himself.
Mr. Ray said that Mr. Cash "definitely enjoyed life to the fullest".
Brandalin Cash paid tribute to her father on Instagram and wrote in part, "I know he's in God's hands."
Tanner Cash, 21, said his dad had a last wish for someone who knew him "Do something challenging and do it in your honor," he said.
The family is planning a private "Celebration of Life" on June 1 in Sandy, Utah.
More than 600 people reach the summit of Everest in a typical year, that's half of the people who try it.
Not all climbers survive the migration, and the Nepalese government gives 200 corpses are still on the mountain.
mr. Cash was one of two people who died on Wednesday on the unusually busy mountain. Anjali Kulkarni, 54, also died when she left the summit with her husband.