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‘I Hate It.' Double-Amputee Climber Xia Boyu Vows Never to Return to Everest

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Xia Boyu isn't looking his best. Slumped in his Beijing hospital bed in tatty ward-issue pajamas, the 69-year-old is a warren of aches and scuffs, and sports a whopping frostbite sore on each of his two cheeks. But Xia is far from downbeat: an aura of triumph beams all over him. It's one that stems from defeating a lifelong foe - Everest, the world's highest mountain, no less - at the fifth attempt. Oh, and without legs, to boot.
“Everest, for me, I hate it. Because it took away my legs,” Xia, who underwent a double amputation below the knee due to frostbite on his first Everest attempt in...
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