Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Australian climbs highest peaks on all seven continents

The group including rope-fixing Sherpas reached the south summit around 8 am and then opened a route to the peak from the Nepalese side around 3:30 With Everest victory, Australian mountaineer sets world record to climb Seven Summits in the shortest time
Patty Aguilar | 18 May, 2018, 13:30

Ishwari Poudel, Managing Director at Himalayan Guides said, "Plain took almost seven hours to reach the summit point from Camp IVon Mt Everest".

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

Kathmandu: An Australian climber reached the top of Mount Everest Monday, becoming the fastest person to summit the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents.

The Australian began his quest to break the record just four years after a swimming accident left him with a broken back. Years later, both of his legs were amputated below the knee as he battled lymphoma.

Despite his injuries, he never abandoned the notion of reaching the summit.

Two major conquests have kicked off the Everest climbing season. "It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate".

However, a ban on climbers like Xia nearly ended his attempts. It was a climb 43 years in the making.

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The authorities said the new rules were a safety measure but they were struck down by the courts earlier this year as discriminatory. But he scaled the peak's Tibetan side. Still, Xia never gave up hope of setting foot on the highest point on Earth, and though an avalanche and natural disaster put an end to planned climbs in 2014 and 2015, he made it to 300 feet from Everest's summit in 2016 before a blizzard forced his team to retreat.

Iswari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, which organised logistics for Plain's Everest ascent told AFP, "Steve reached the summit this morning with Jon Gupta and Pemba Sherpa".

That meant that Plain could reach his seventh mountain peak on his seventh continent in just 117 days - shaving nine days off the previous record.

According to the Australian, Plain broke his neck in 2014 after being dumped by a wave at Perth's Cottesloe Beach.

Doctors have declared that he may not able to walk again, although he was lucky enough to survive.

Gupta posted to Facebook as the group reached the peak.

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