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Xia Boyu, who climbed Qo­molangma on his fifth at­tempt to be­come China’s first leg am­putee to con­quer the world’s high­est moun­tain at 8,844 me­ters, re­fuses to give up

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WEEKEND LIFE - Pho­tos by ZHU XINGXIN China Daily

Xia Boyu, who climbed Qo­molangma on his fifth at­tempt to be­come China’s first leg am­putee to con­quer the world’s high­est moun­tain at 8,844 me­ters, re­fuses to give up.

Since he con­quered the sum­mit of Qo­molangma re­cently, the 69-year-old leg am­putee, Xia Boyu, has be­come an in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure for the Chi­nese pub­lic with his story of never giv­ing up.

Af­ter achiev­ing the feat on May 14, he re­turned to Bei­jing to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment. But over the past five months he has vis­ited many parts of the coun­try, giv­ing speeches to the pub­lic about Qo­molangma, the lack of oxy­gen there, the moun­taineer­ing equip­ment needed to climb it and the risks he faced.

“Although I stayed on the sum­mit for less than 10 min­utes, it took me more than 40 years to achieve my am­bi­tion,” says Xia, who fi­nally climbed the world’s high­est moun­tain on his fifth at­tempt — stand­ing on the peak at 8,844 me­ters above sea level — to be­come China’s first dou­ble-leg am­putee to con­quer Qo­molangma.

He says that as he has no an­kle joints — with both his legs am­pu­tated be­low the knees — and de­pends on his pros­thetic limbs it is easy to slip and fall.

In 1975, Xia Boyu at­tempted to scale Qo­molangma for the first time as a mem­ber of the Chi­nese moun­taineer­ing team, and en­coun­tered a bl­iz­zard. Then, his feet were frost­bit­ten and his legs were am­pu­tated.

In 2014 and 2015, re­spec­tively, he was at the base camp of the south slope of Qo­molangma in Nepal, but could not pro­ceed due to an avalanche and an earth­quake.

Later, in 2016, Xia tried to climb the moun­tain for the fourth time. But when he was less than 100 me­ters from the sum­mit, a snow­storm blocked his way.

“I have been fight­ing moun­tains for my en­tire life. A film with me as the pro­tag­o­nist is be­ing made,” says Xia.

The story is com­piled by Zhu Xingxin and trans­lated by Zhang Lei.

A brush with a moun­taineer in Xiang­shan Park; Xia re­ceives treat­ment in a hospi­tal for his frost­bit­ten face and fin­gers; Xia prac­tices push-ups at home; the sil­i­con rub­ber case of Xia’s be­low-knee proth­e­sis.

From left:

From left: Xia rests at his home in Bei­jing; Xia looks at the pho­tos and re­calls the ex­pe­ri­ence of climb­ing Qo­molangma.

Xia Boyu climbs the in­cense burner peak in the Bei­jing Xiang­shan Park.

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