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Beat the odds. Meet 69-year-old Xia Boyu, a double amputee, who climbed Mount Everest

Xia is a double amputee who scaled the 8,848-metre mountain in his fifth attempt

Sreyashi Mazumdar @Sreyashi27 15 May 2018, 3:24 PM
69-year-old Xia Boyu climbs Mount Everest

69-year-old Xia Boyu climbs Mount Everest Image: AFP

Try, try and try again. How many times have we heard this saying but ignored it as just another cliche? Well, 69-year-old Chinese national Xia Boyu is here to prove us wrong and give us a lesson on how to beat all odds. According to a report in Time, this double amputee climbed the Mt Everest from the Nepal side on Monday morning, and he did so in his fifth attempt? Impressive, right?

What makes Xia's journey to the Everest more interesting is the fact that his legs were amputated below his knees after he suffered a frostbite while climbing the mountain forty-four years ago. Xia's son Cloud Xia shared the feat on WeChat. "My Dad reached Everest at 8:26 Nepal time!!! Has realized his 40 years dream!!!” Xia wrote.

Right now, Xia is descending the mountain with Mingma G. Sherpa's help. Sherpa is a veteran Nepalese mountaineer and has successfully climbed world's 14 highest mountains. Besides, 11 other sherpas also assisting him.

Xia's son Cloud Xia shared the feat on WeChat. "My Dad reached Everest at 8:26 Nepal time!!! Has realized his 40 years dream!!!” he wrote.

Right now, Xia is descending the mountain with Mingma G Sherpa's help. Sherpa is a veteran Nepalese mountaineer and has successfully climbed the world's 14 highest mountains. In addition to this, 11 other sherpas are also assisting him.

Xia's dreams received a blow when the Nepal government was trying to formulate a law barring double amputees, blind and solo climbers from climbing the mountain. However, the law wasn't passed finally as it was termed discriminatory by Nepalese courts.

Xia's success story will surely help a number of mountaineers, who aspire to climb the Everest but fail to do so owing to physical ailments. And it will also serve as an inspiration to others as well, showing us that where there is a will, there is indeed a way.

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