69-Year-Old Chinese Man Becomes The Second Double Amputee To Reach The Top Of Mount Everest
May 18, 2018 15:28 By Fabiosa
Climbing Mount Everest is not for everyone, but it is up there on most people's bucket list. The idea of getting to the top of the world's highest mountain above sea level has come to symbolize triumph and survival.
However, getting to the top of Everest, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, requires more than just dreaming. A lot of preparation is required to make the climb.
At the very least, prospective climbers need intensive cardiovascular preparation, such as running, swimming, or cycling, for 45-60 minutes no less than 4 times weekly. In addition, some mental conditioning and weight lifting are required.
Xia Boyu's record
For Xia Boyu, a 69-year-old man from China, nothing got in the way of his dreams.
Xia Boyu scaled Everest with prosthetic limbs that were “exactly what does not belong on Everest.” Should he have? https://t.co/3n4Oqukp7R— TIME (@TIME) May 17, 2018
He became the first double amputee to reach the mountain's peak from its Nepali side.
The only other double amputee who scaled the mountain, Mark Inglis, had done it from China's Tibet side in 2006.
This is 69yo Xia Boyu, a Chinese climber who lost both legs to frostbite on Mount Everest 40 years ago. He’s just summitted with prosthetics ⛰ pic.twitter.com/yTAURJ2j8u— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) May 14, 2018
Xia's story is especially inspiring because he lost his legs to frostbite in 1975 when he first tried to climb the mountain.
With the aid of his prosthetic limbs, he tried again in 2014, 2015, and 2016 until he succeeded.
Key Everest records
The first known Everest record were made by Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal.
They were the first known to have scaled the mountain in 1953.
In 1975, Junko Tabei of Japan clinched the record as the first known woman to get to the mountain's summit.