When the Marines greeted Wampler at the summit of El Capitan, they had a surprise with them: Wampler's 10-year-old son.
"It was just such a wonderful surprise to see his 10-year-old boy trek up with the Marines and jump out and run and greet his dad. He was hiding behind a rock and he was the last one," Elizabeth Wampler said.
They rotated shifts carrying Wampler on their backs down the mountain.
The generosity of the Marines still gets Wampler choked up.
"It was absolutely awesome...they showed up at the top and picked me up at eight in the morning and it took us almost eight hours to get down the backside. And they never complained, they were just absolutely amazing people," Wampler said.
In the middle of the climb last week, Wampler got emotional when asked about what he'd tell his wife and family.
"I love you and I can't wait to get off the top, get off this rock," he said.
Wampler's wife is full of emotion over her husband. The couple said they're more in love now than ever.
"I knew that he was tenacious and that he worked really hard and what he puts his mind to he can do, but this exceeded all. I'm in awe like everyone else who knows about it," Elizabeth Wampler said.
When asked if he'll climb again, Wampler laughed.
"No more mountain climbing, I'm retired now."
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