Double Amputee Scales Mt Everest After Losing Legs In Earlier Attempt

Double Amputee Chinese Man Xia Boyu Breaks Record to Reach Mount Everest from Nepal Side

Six people died in attempts to climb Everest in 2017 and 600 were successful.

Xia used prosthetic limbs to begin climbing small mountains around Beijing and going on long hikes, but learned in 1996 he had contracted lymphoma and would need both legs amputated beneath the knee. The news agency reports that canceled climbing seasons stymied his plans in 2014 and 2015, and that he came within 200 meters of the summit in 2016, before "bad weather forced him to turn back".

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

Three months later, however, Nepal's high court overturned the ban on double amputee and blind climbers, agreeing that it discriminated against disabled people.

Mr Boyu's dream was almost thwarted by the Nepalese government, which a year ago banned double amputee and blind climbers from climbing its mountains but the ruling was overturned by Nepal's top court in March, which branded it as discriminatory towards people with disabilities. "It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate".

Most Everest hopefuls are escorted by a Nepali guide, meaning about 700 climbers will try to reach the top in coming weeks.

In 2006, Mark Joseph Inglis of New Zealand became the first double-leg amputee to climb Everest from the Chinese side, summiting the peak after 40 days of climbing. Sudarshan Gautam, a Nepal-born Canadian, became the first person without arms to climb Mount Everest in 2013. "I have to realise it", he said.

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Xia announced on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, that he had successfully scaled the mountain on Monday.

Dawa Futi Sherpa of Imagine Trek and Expedition which organised the climb and accompanied him up the mountain told The Washington Post that 69-year-old Xia completed the climb with several other members of his team. He began January 16 with Mount Vinson in Antarctica, followed by Mount Aconcagua in South America, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, which covers Australia and Oceania, Mount Elbrus in Europe and Denali in North America.

That meant that Plain could reach his seventh mountain peak on his seventh continent in just 117 days - shaving nine days off the previous record.

Plain, 36, from Perth, climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica on January 16.

"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 and Plain are among 500 climbers from 38 teams attempting to reach the summit this season.

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