Chinese climber becomes 1st blind Asian to scale Everest
   Date :01-Jun-2021

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By Binaj Gurubacharya :
A CHINESE climber who became the first blind Asian to scale Mount Everest says he aims to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents and then travel to the North and South Poles. Zhang Hong, 44, is also the third blind climber internationally to reach the world’s highest peak. Following his guides and Sherpas, he reached the summit on May 24 and returned safely to Kathmandu.
He said on Monday that he was inspired by a blind American climber, Eric Weihenmayer, who scaled Everest in 2001. A climber from Austria was the second blind person to reach the peak. “Personally I plan to try the grand slam’ in the next few years — the seven summits around the world on seven continents and the North and South Poles,” Zhang said. “Today I sit here and think about Eric (Weihenmayer), who inspired me to have such a dream and work all the way, and eventually I achieved it,” he said. “So, I would think there are so many other visually impaired people around the world and also in Asia, and I hope what I did can be an inspiration for them.”
Zhang became blind at age 21 due to glaucoma. He has been working as a masseur at a hospital in Tibet, where he lives with his wife. He trained for five years before climbing Everest, carrying bags packed with 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of weight up the staircase of the hospital where he works. He also climbed several smaller peaks in China.