Double Amputee Scales Mt Everest After Losing Legs In Earlier Attempt

Double amputee Chinese climber scales Mt Everest

Double amputee Chinese climber scales Mt Everest

In 1996 his legs were amputated just below the knee after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

"I love the mountain", Xia told TIME prior to his climb, "I will fight for it my entire life".

The first time Xia Boyu tried to climb Mount Everest, he lost his feet. With AP Photos.An expedition organizer says an Australian mountaineer has scaled Mount Everest to become the fastest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.

Boyu, who is 69 or 70 years old, according to news reports, became at least the third double amputee in history to scale the mountain and the first to do it on the Nepal side, a Nepal Ministry of Culture and Tourism official confirmed to the local Kathmandu Post. But, Xia received permission in March this year when the government overturned the decision by calling it "discriminatory" toward people with disabilities.

Xia's success casts fresh light on the Nepalese government's failed attempt to ban certain groups of climbers from the mountain. "I have to realize it".

"Climbing Mount Everest is my dream", he told AFP news agency in April. The 2016 attempt brought him close to the summit before a blizzard set in.


A trekker stands in front of Mount Everest at Kala Patthar in Solukhumbu District May 7, 2014.

He said several more are expected to attempt the peak this week.

Xia Boyu, a 69-year-old hit by frostbite on Everest over four decades ago, and Steve Plain, who was almost paralysed by an accident four years ago, were among the first to summit the world's highest mountain.

Previous year seven people lost their lives on the world's highest peak, while 449 summited from the Nepal side and at least another 120 made it to the top from the north side in Tibet.

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.

The Nepalese government has been battling to reduce the number of climbers on the mountain, citing safety and environmental issues that such large numbers bring. Expeditions have been forced to wait in line for hours near the top of the mountain, putting climbers at risk of exposure injuries and sudden weather changes.

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