More than four decades ago, mountaineer Xia Boyu lost both of his legs from a frostbite when he failed the attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. However, this didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dream to reach the top of the world’s tallest peak.
Xia first tried climbing the top of the Mount Everest way back in 1975 as a part of a government-backed team of climbers. However, the team was trapped about 250 meters (820 feet) away from the summit due to severely bad weather. Unfortunately, the team remained trapped for two days and three nights. During their stay, one of their team members was in a pretty bad shape; so Xia selflessly offered his sleeping bag which leads him to lose both of his feet.
In 1996, he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood ****** which resulted in another amputation.
Despite losing his legs, he still tries to climb the mountain. In 2014 and 2015 he again attempted to climb Mount Everest; unfortunately, due to terrible weather, he failed to climb it. The weather was indeed not on his side. There was an instance that an avalanche killed 16 climbers and the devastating earthquake that took the lives of 9,000 people.
In 2016, he again climbed the Mount Everest; unfortunately, when he was 100 meters away from reaching the peak, he had to retreat due to inclement weather.
“If I was alone, due to my old age and the forty years I had fought for my dream, I might go up without considering the consequence, but when I looked back, five Sherpas were looking at me. They have families. So I decided to retreat,” he said in an interview according to Next Shark.
Last year, Xia again faced another challenge when the Nepal government officially banned blind and double amputees from climbing Mount Everest in December.
Luckily, Nepal’s top court overruled the government ban and Xia finally became the first ever double amputee to be given permission to climb the mountain.
Congratulations on reaching your dreams, Xia. May his story serve as an inspiration to others that you can achieve your dreams with hard work and determination.