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Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit | BBC News

Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit | BBC News

A Chinese climber who was crippled by frostbite on Everest more than 40 years ago has scaled the summit at the start of this year’s climbing season.

In 1975, Xia Boyu lost his feet after giving his sleeping bag to a sick teammate during a high-altitude storm.

Now aged 69, he became the second double amputee to scale Everest – and the first ever from the Nepalese side.

Australian Steve Plain, meanwhile, set the record for the fastest climb of the highest mountains on seven continents.

Plain’s achievement also features a story of overcoming physical challenge, coming four years after he broke his neck in a surfing accident.

Source: Double amputee Xia Boyu makes history on Everest summit | BBC News