Korean Becomes 1st Asian to Conquer the Himalayas

      July 31, 2000 19:24

      Um Hong-gil, a professional mountain climber, gradually conquered all the over-8,000 meter Himalayan peaks, becoming the first-ever Asian and world's seventh climber to do so on Sunday.

      The mountaineer stood on the top of K2 (8,611m), the second highest mountain in the world, marking a climax to his mountain-climbing career which started in 1988.

      Um, who arrived in the Himalayas with a Korean climbing team, departed a camp that had been established at 8,000 meter and conquered the second highest peak after a life-or-death struggle that lasted 6 hours and 15 minutes.

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