7 Remarkable Climbers
You might have heard about climbers climbing the highest mountain peaks, but most of these climbers are professional climbers with many years of training and experience in mountain climbing.
Here are some of the craziest climbers who have climbed some of the highest peaks in the world with some unexpected stories.
Be it a 9 year old boy who climbed the highest mountain peak in South America or a climber who has conquered the highest peak in Europe with a 75KG barbell on his back, you will see them here along with some others.
On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the only blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In 2008 he climbed Carstensz Pyramid on the island of Papua New Guinea, completing the Seven Summits, the highest point on every continent. This accomplishment closed the circuit on a 13-year journey that had begun with his 1995 ascent of Mt. McKinley. He is joined by a select company of only 150 mountaineers to have accomplished the feat.
As word spread about Erik’s remarkable achievements, the world took notice; shortly after his summit of Everest, he was honored with a Time cover story detailing his conquest of the world’s highest peak. Since then, he has authored multiple books, including his memoir, Touch the Top of the World. Yet for those who had long known him, his propensity for taking on and knocking down the loftiest of challenges came as no surprise. | Source
21-year-old South African ‘ability activist’ Chaeli Mycroft has become the first female quadriplegic to reach the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.
Chaeli and her team—the Chaeli Kili Climbers—reached the summit early Thursday morning after five days of gruelling ascent in a specialised wheelchair.
“This is the day of days,” read a message from expedition leader Carel Verhoef late Wednesday evening just before the final push to the summit.
“Two years in the making. Hold thumbs people.” | source
Susan Ershler (born in March) is a public speaker, business executive, climber of Mount Everest, and author. Ershler and her husband, Phil, are the first couple to have climbed together the highest mountain on each continent, known as the “Seven Summits“. Completion of the Seven Summits endeavor came on May 16, 2002 when Ershler and her husband reached the summit of Mount Everest. Ershler is the 4th American Woman to climb the Seven Summits and the 12th American Woman to climb Mount Everest. | source
John Maggi suffered polio when he was a little child and spent the first 50 years of his life without being able to walk. This native of Argentina regained that ability with the help of bionic legs and is another example of how technology offers hope for those who suffer similar ailments.
In July 2015, he completed an amazing journey cycling through the Himalayas in northern India. The 15-day tour took him through an area called “Little Tibet” (known as a paradise for cyclists and mountaineers). | source
Ever wondered what it feels like to stand on top of the world? Eighty-one-year-old alpinist Yuichiro Miura should know: He’s done it three times since turning 70. He became the oldest person to scale the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, in May last year, a remarkable feat that spurred the government to name a state award in his honor. It’s rather fitting, then, that the Miura Award is handed out to those who “challenge themselves to the limits of human potential.”
Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese mountaineer, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80, and, while the climb up was difficult, Miura said the descent nearly killed him.
Miura had previously scaled Mount Everest two other times, at the age of 70 and five years late at the age of 75, and he returned to the mountain last week to climb the 29,035 feet needed to reach the peak, the Associated Press reports. After conquering Mt. Everest for a third time, Miura promised to take it easy after the descent nearly cost him his life. | source
Eleven-year-old Tyler Armstrong of Yorba Linda, California, is climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents to raise money to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood.
After becoming the youngest person in the world to climb California’s Mount Whitney in a single day, Armstrong, then 7, met Debra and Paul Miller and their son, Hawken, who has Duchenne.
The genetic disorder causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness and primarily affects boys, with symptoms appearing between ages 3 and 5, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Many children with Duchenne begin using wheelchairs between ages 7 and 12. The disorder also affects the heart and lungs, ultimately proving fatal. | source
A body builder summited Mount Elbrus of the Caucasus Mountain range carrying a heavy barbell on his back in place of hiking gear, and as every single one of you already knows Mount Elbrus is Russia’s highest mountain peak and the 10th highest in the entire world. Just let that sink in for a moment: Russian powerlifter Andrey Rodichev hiked his ass up the 10th highest mountain in the world carrying a 75-kg barbell (165-pound barbell) on his back, draped over his shoulders, all while you were hitting up happy hour and skipping the gym for the umpteenth day in a row. If power lifer Andrey Rodichev carrying a barbell up one of the most treacherous peaks on planet earth can’t get you motivated then I don’t know what will. | source