Xia Boyu Climbs Mount Everest, Becomes Second Double Amputee to Complete This

Abigail Crites, Writer

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The 69-year-old reached the summit of mount Everest on the Nepal side early Monday morning at 8:26 am (Nepal time zone). Xia Boyu lost his legs below the knee after contracting frostbite after a failed attempt of climbing mount Everest at 25.

This is Boyu’s fifth time to climb mount Everest. He becomes the 2nd double amputee to climb mount Everest.

However, Boyu’s dream almost didn’t come true. New rules set by the Nepalese government banned solo, blind, and double amputees in order to decrease the number of deaths and overcrowding. Against this ban, double amputee Hari Budha Magar, filed legal action which in turn the ban is now under review by the Supreme Court of Nepal which allowed Boyu to climb mount Everest.