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Jun 3, 2021

Blind, fastest & oldest climber to atop Mt. Everest

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Mt. Everest-the roof of the world.
Mt. Everest-the roof of the world.

Zhang Hong of China became the first blind man in Asia and the third in the world to climb Mount Everest –8,848.86-meter-high Himalayan feat.

Born in Chongqing city of south China, 46-year old Zhang has scaled the tallest peak in the world on May 24.

Even blind due to lost his sight at the age of 21 due to glaucoma Zhang was inspired and trained to ascend the mountain by Erik Weihenmayer, a blind American mountaineer who scaled Everest in 2001.

Fastest

Ms. Tsang Yin-hung has become the fastest woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest.

A 45-year-old teacher from Hong Kong, Tsang Yin-hung, 45, reached the top of the snow covered peak in 25 hours and 50 minutes.

The previous record for fastest female climber was held by Phunjo Jhangmu Lama, from Nepal, who climbed the mountain in 39 hours and 6 minutes.

The fastest man to climb Mount Everest is Lakpa Gelu, who reached the summit in 10 hours and 56 minutes in 2003. 

Oldest

Likewise, Arthur Muir, 75, from Chicago, became the oldest American to climb the world’s tallest peak, beating the previous record set by Bill Burke, who was 67 when he reached the summit.

A retired attorney, Muir’s dream came to success even after failing his attempt in 2019.

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