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14 May 2018, 06:13 | Glen Norman
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A 70-year-old double amputee from China, Xia Boyu, has successfully summitted Mount Everest early this morning.
A rope-fixing team of climbing Sherpas reached the summit of Mt Everest Sunday afternoon becoming the season's first team to scale the world's highest peak from Nepal side, according to the expedition organiser.
Australian climber Steve Plain scaled Everest 117 days after beginning his mission in Antarctica.
Plain, 36, from Perth, climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica on January 16.
A surfing accident in 2014 left Plain with multiple injuries but he recovered to continue mountain climbing.
Xia Boyu, a 69-year-old hit by frostbite on Everest over four decades ago, and Steve Plain, who was almost paralysed by an accident four years ago, were among the first to summit the world's highest mountain.
"The Chinese double amputee scaled the summit at 8:40 a.m. local time today".
Polish climber Janusz Kochanski held the previous record for climbing the seven peaks, doing it in 126 days past year.
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He said several more are expected to attempt the peak this week.
A Nepali-born Canadian, Sudarshan Gautam, is the first double arm amputee to climb the world's highest mountain.
The first was New Zealand climber Mark Inglis, who reached the summit in 2006 at age 59. There are only about a couple of days of windows of good weather on the highest part of the peak in May, when climbers rush to attempt their way to the summit.
"More than 180 climbers along with their climbing Sherpas will begin their summit pushes tomorrow after the Climbalaya team opened the route", he said. With AP Photos.A group of Nepalese Sherpa guides has reached the summit of Mount Everest, fixing ropes and clearing paths for other climbers to begin their ascent to the peak.
According to Nepal's tourism department, the official government body which issues climbing permits for the Qomolangma expedition, 346 mountaineers from 38 Nepali and foreign teams have taken the permits for expedition this year.
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