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, reports BBC.
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.
The storm that caused Xia’s frostbite struck in the “death zone” above 8,000m (26,200ft) and stranded his team for three nights, not far from the summit. As a result, he needed to have his feet amputated.