Despite being fingerless, a South Korean mountaineer became a record-setter after having conquered the 14 highest mountains in the world in the Himalayas, according to a local alpine club on Monday.
South Korean Kim Hong-bin successfully climbed the Broad Peak in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range on Sunday afternoon. The peak has a height of 8, 047 meters, making Kim conquer all of the tallest Himalayan peaks in the world.
Kim, 57, was named as the first disabled person in the globe to have conquered all the 14 eight-thousanders in both the ranges of Himalayas and the Karakoram. He lost his fingers 30 years ago due to frostbite.
The alpine club said that the success made Kim become the 44th in the world to have climbed the 14 peaks, and the seventh South Korean to have achieved such.
His success was recognized by President Moon Jae-in.
“You gave more pride and hope to the people, who are tired of the coronavirus,” the president said on social media, adding that Kim’s success provided confidence and bravery to the persons with disabilities across the globe.
Last June 14, Kim, along with five others on his team, departed for the Himalayas. They established a base camp located at a 4, 800-meter of Broad Peak a month after they left.
The bad weather has posed a challenge to the team but they conquered this difficulty and made it to the peak after climbing for four days.
The hike was meant to be done last year but because of the pandemic, it has been postponed.
Ten of Kim’s fingers were reportedly lost to frostbite while conquering Mount McKinley, which measures 6, 194 meters in height, Yonhap News Agency reported.
His disability, however, did not pose a hindrance as his will and fighting spirit drove him to be named the first person with disability to have climbed the highest mountains in the world.