May 22, 2013 13:24
Kim Hong-bin, a mountaineer without hands, has conquered the third highest peak in the world, the 8,586-m Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas.
The Gwangju Alpine Federation on Tuesday said Kim and his companion Park Nam-soo left their camp at 7,500 m above the sea level, at around 6 p.m. on Sunday and after 22 hours of bitter struggle reached the apex at 4:15 p.m. on Monday.
Kim has already ascended eight peaks out of the 14 peaks in the Himalayas above 8,000 m -- Everest, Gasherbrum II, Shishapangma, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu, and finally K2 in July last year.
Kim lost all his fingers to frostbites when he went on a solo expedition to Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America in 1991. Undeterred, he aims to climb all 14 eight-thousanders.
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