Double Amputee Summits Everest Decades After Losing Feet In Failed Attempt

Double amputee Chinese climber scales Mt Everest

According to a report in Time, this double amputee climbed the Mt Everest from the Nepal side on Monday morning, and he did so in his fifth attempt?

'Climbing Mount Everest is my dream.

The first time Xia tried to climb Mount Everest in 1975, he lost his feet due to severe frostbite and they required amputation.

His team had to turn back about 200 metres below the summit in a storm.

But at the start of the year, it appeared the moment would never come for Xia.

The achievement by 69-year-old Chinese national Xia Boyu comes just months after the revocation of a controversial ban on double amputee climbers attempting the world's highest peak. But, Xia received permission in March this year when the government overturned the decision by calling it "discriminatory" toward people with disabilities. His dream was almost shattered when Nepal government banned double amputee and blind climbers from summiting its mountains. "It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate", Xia told AFP, a month before heading to the mountain.

Xia's successful expedition comes a day after eight rope-fixing team members reached the summit, making the climbing route open for other climbers for 2018 spring season.

Xia Boyu was guided by Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, a veteran mountaineer who's successfully climbed the world's 14 highest mountains, and joined by 11 others.

An aerial view shows Mount Everest also known as the Sagarmatha on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Bloomberg
An aerial view shows Mount Everest also known as the Sagarmatha on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Bloomberg

Mark Joseph Inglis of New Zealand was the first double leg amputee to summit the peak, who scaled the mountain from the Chinese side in 2006. Another climb the following year was aborted after the Nepal quake. I have to realise it.

During his attempt on the mountain in 2016 he got within 94 metres of the summit, but there was a sudden snowstorm.

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Chinese double amputated man reaches Everest.

He beat the previous speed record by nine days and was presented with an award at the peak.

In the 117 days that followed he summited Mount Aconcagua in South America (6,961m), Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (5,895m), Puncak Jaya (4,884m) in Papua province, Indonesia, Mount Elbrus in Europe (5,642m) and Denali in North America (6,190m).

"Three and a half years ago I was lying in hospital with a broken neck and at that time set myself the goal", he wrote on Facebook after reaching the summit.

Xia had to mount a legal challenge to make an attempt on the summit this year.


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