Next year will be a first on Mt. Everest. It will be the first time that a person with bi-lateral, above knee amputations attempts to climb it.
If you are familiar with the demands of Mt. Everest…if you are familiar with the challenges faced by people with an above knee amputation, you’d say “there is no way” Until you get to know Hari.
Hari lost his limbs in Afghanistan, while serving with the Royal Gurkha Rifles. The Gurkhas are known as some of the fiercest and most skilled warriors in the world. They have grown up in the hills of Nepal, adapting to that extremely difficult environment.
One example of the Gurkha discipline is an annual race in the United Kingdom called the Trailwalker 100km. The quickest British teams will complete it in 12 or 13 hours. Gurkhas, do it in 8 and a half to win it every year. That is the discipline that forms Hari’s spirit.
But that’s not all. When Hari decided to climb Mt. Everest, his friends surrounded him to help make that dream come true. His friends are veterans of other Military Special Forces from around the world, including a Navy Seal, other Gurkhas and a U.S. Marine. All are trained in survival and mountaineering.
It may be impossible for a person with bilateral, above knee amputations to climb Mt. Everest. But this is not a team to bet against. They have already formed and are preparing for the ascent, scheduled for April and May 2018, by honing their high altitude skills on highest peaks in Europe and the Alps.
This amazing video shows Hari testing climbing equipment and techniques in the United Kingdom recently. It is easy to see the effort that will be required to be successful on this venture.
There are incredible Challenges to Climbing Mt. Everest beyond the high altitude and low temperatures. Every day the Team will face a specific hardship you can read about here.
You can follow us on Facebook as Hari and the Team’s prepare for climbing Mt. Everest.
Here’s how you can become part of the Conquering Dreams Mt. Everest Expedition. We hope you’ll join us.