Korean Fingerless becomes first disabled person in the world to climb the 14 Himalayan peaks
SEOUL, July 19. (Yonhap) – A fingerless South Korean mountaineer has climbed the world’s 14 tallest mountains in the Himalayas, a local alpine club said on Monday, becoming the first person with a disability in the world to accomplish such a feat.
Kim Hong-bin reached the top of the 8,047-meter-high Broad Peak, located in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range, at 4:58 p.m. local time on Sunday, conquering all of the world’s highest Himalayan peaks, according to the Alpine Federation of Gwangju to southwest town.
With this feat, Kim, 57, who lost all of her fingers to frostbite about 30 years ago, became the first disabled person in the world to climb the 14.8 thousand in the Himalayan and North Ranges. Karakoram. In total, Kim became the 44th person in the world and the seventh South Korean person to reach the 14 peaks, the Alpine club noted.
He said a team of six climbers, including Kim, left for the Himalayas on June 14 and set up a base camp 4,800 meters from Broad Peak on July 14. Kim’s team initially struggled due to bad weather, but managed to reach the top after four days of large-scale climbing.
The shipment was originally scheduled for last year but had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kim reportedly lost all 10 of her fingers to frostbite while climbing 6,194-meter-high Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, in 1991.
But he overcame his handicap with an indomitable will and fighting spirit to become the first handicapped person in the world to conquer the highest mountains of the seven continents.
Kim is said to have said he hopes his success will encourage all South Koreans exhausted by COVID-19.