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Australian sets fastest summit record

Aussie climber holds fastest seven summit record; Everest route opens from Tibet side BC-AS--Nepal-Everest,2nd Ld-Writethru, AS
Sammy Stanley | 16 May, 2018, 00:12

The Chinese climber who lost both his legs to frostbite on Everest four decades ago is hoping to finally reach the summit of the world's highest peak, after Nepal's top court overruled a government ban on double amputees climbing its mountains.

"Climbing Mount Everest is my dream".

In doing so, Boyu became the first double-amputee to successfully climb Everest from the south side of the mountain.

It was 1975, and Xia was headed up the mountain with a Chinese national mountaineering team.

"I know that I can succeed with new achievements only by overcoming difficulties", Xia was quoted as saying.

Now aged 69, he became the second double amputee to scale Everest - and the first ever from the Nepalese side. "It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate".

Most Everest hopefuls are escorted by a Nepali guide, which means that about 700 climbers will tread the same path to the top of the peak in the coming weeks.

Earlier this week, Australian climber Steve Plain, from Perth, made it into the record books as the fastest man to conquer the seven highest mountains in the world.

A Chinese climber and double amputee has scaled Everest at his fifth attempt - 43 years after he lost both his feet climbing the mountain.

Bad weather forced him to turn back during his previous attempt in 2016 when he was just 200 metres from the summit.

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About 7.30am on Monday, Xia finally reached the peak. A year later, Nepal suffered an 8.1 magnitude quake. "I have to realise it", he said.

"He reached the summit this morning, along with seven other members of his team", confirmed Dawa Futi Sherpa of Imagine Trek and Expedition.

"The world climbers are on their way to the summit after they found a fair window to climb Mt Everest", he said.

There were four other Chinese climbers who also summited: Liu Yi, Wu Jie, Lok Kee Siu, Ajie Hu, and Gao Li and Canadian Mikey Foreal.

Plain, 36, who broke his neck in a bodysurfing accident almost four years ago, climbed the 4,892m Vinson on 16 January.

"He has set the record of climbing Seven Summits in the shortest time of 117 days", said Ishwari Paudel, an official of the Himalayan Guides hiking company that handled logistics for the climber.

He followed that with 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.

"My Dad reached Everest at 8:26Nepal time!".

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

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