Double Amputee Conquers Everest— Without Prosthetics
Sudarshan Gautam is first climber to do so
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
In this Tuesday, May 6, 2003 file photo, Mount Everest is seen from an airplane.   (AP Photo/Binod Joshi, File)

(Newser) – Sudarshan Gautam is missing both his arms, but that didn't stop him from achieving his dream: to reach Mount Everest's summit, which he did yesterday, according to his website. The Calgary man, 31, is the first double amputee to climb the mountain with no prosthetic limbs, Sun News reports. Gautam, who was born in Nepal, has climbed many of the highest peaks in the world since losing his arms as a teen when his kite struck a power line.

His message, "disability is not an inability," is prominently displayed on his Facebook page. Sun News reports that he posted an update saying he was "proud" and "very happy" to have fulfilled his dream. A friend, who heard the news from Gautam's wife, also confirms the successful ascent. "We complain we can't get up in the morning and go to work, looking at him, the way he climbs and helping others ... we are inspired," the friend says. (Meanwhile, a Saudi woman also set a record on Everest ... which one writer argues has become a mess.)

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May 22, 2013 9:17 PM CDT
And then, when it goes so wrong, many lives will have to be risk and thousands of dollars will have to spent for the rescue effort. Stay home and clean up the house - sheesh!
May 21, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
It seems like now days you can pretty much ride the tourist train to the top.
May 21, 2013 2:21 PM CDT
Wasn't there just an article about Everest being literally being a pile of human waste and garbage on this site just a few days ago? Wasn't the rally cry to shut down the whole climbing this mountain thing? Now we are to celebrate another climber, because of a "first" to do it? So which is it?