Australian, Chinese double amputee summit Everest


He began January 16 with Mount Vinson in Antarctica.

He became the fastest person to summit the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents. Steve Plain scaled Everest on Monday, climbing the seven peaks in 117 days.

Plain, 36, from Perth, climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica on January 16.

Polish climber Janusz Kochanski held the previous record for climbing the seven peaks, doing it in 126 days past year.

According to Phurba Namgyal Sherpa, co-founder of Climbalaya Treks and Expeditions, Dawa Tenzing Sherpa, Chhiring Wangchu Sherpa, Pemba Tenzing Sherpa, Lakpa Norbu Sherpa, Pemba T Sherpa and Phura Chhiri Sherpa successfully fixed ropes to the summit point on Mt Everest this morning.

In one version Australia's Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 metres) makes the list, while the other list defines the Carstensz Pyramid - a much harder 4,884 metre climb in Indonesia - as the highest peak of the Australian continent.

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A 70-year-old double amputee has climbed Everest.

Till date, the only double amputee to summit Qomolangma is Mark Inglis from New Zealand, who had scaled the peak from China's Tibet side in 2006. "More than 180 climbers along with their climbing Sherpas will begin their summit pushes tomorrow after the Climbalaya team opened the route", he said.

Steve Plain conquered Everest 117 days after he reached Antartica's highest peak Mount Vinson breaking previous summit record by nine days.

More than 100 Sherpas are rallying behind two mountain climbers who face being banned from Mount Everest for the next decade due to an obscure mountaineering rule they apparently broke.

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.