A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest

A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest

A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest

Xia Boyu, a 69 year-old double amputee from China, sitting in his hotel room in Kathmandu prior to his fifth attempt to summit Mount Everest, on April 4, 2018. "Plain took almost seven hours to reach the summit point from Camp IV on Mt Everest", he said. He has already climbed six other highest peaks - Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe), Vinson (Antarctica), Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Papua New Guinea's Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia).

In 1996, his legs were amputated just below the knee after he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.

Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents. "Well after 10 years dreaming about it, it happen!" he wrote, relaying that the pair had skied about 2,600 feet down the Lhotse Face, part of the Everest massif.

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Xia Boyu on Monday morning became at least the third double amputee in history to scale the mountain and the first to do it on the Nepal side. I have to realise it.

Some 340 foreign climbers and many Nepalese Sherpa guides are attempting to climb Everest this month. "It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate". But with 656 feet left to climb a treacherous blizzard forced him to turn back, Japan Times reported.

However, a ban on climbers like Xia nearly ended his attempts. The members of fixing team are Pasang Tenjing Sherpa, Pasdawa Sherpa, Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, Jen Jen Lama, Siddi Bahadur Tamang, Pemba Chhiri Sherpa, Tenzing Gyaljen Sherpa and Datuk Bhote.

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The ruling was struck down by Nepal's top court in March, which ruled it discriminatory towards people with disabilities.

Breaking the previous record an Australian climber Steve Plain conquered the Mount Everest in 117 days, becoming the fastest person to climb the mountain.

Expert Sherpa guides are chosen to open up the path to the summit and fix ropes for other climbers.

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Plain has also been using his record attempt to raise money for charities the Surf Life Saving Association and SpinalCure Australia - two groups he has close associations with after his own injuries.

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