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Tim Bayerl of Alexandria finally realized his dream of climbing to the highest elevation in every state in the U.S. by reaching the summit of Denali in Alaska. (Contributed photo)

A third chance at Denali

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All Tim Bayerl of Alexandria wanted to do was see America. It took him three tries, but he finally made his point - for the 50th time. And this time it was the big one.

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On June 22, perched 20,320 feet above sea level, Bayerl planted his feet on the summit of Denali, the highest point in Alaska, not to mention in North America. With this lofty step, he gained membership into an elite club - the 50 Highpointers.

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