‘No-hands’ S. Korean climber to challenge Mt Lhotse again

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This undated Yonhap file photo shows Kim Hong-bin posing in front of the world’s second-highest mountain, K2 (8,611m). (Yonhap)

SEOUL:  Kim Hong-bin, who lost all of his fingers to frostbite during a climb of the West Buttress of Mount McKinley in 1991, will attempt to climb Mount Lhotse in the Himalayas again next month, his expedition team said Thursday.

The attempt on the 8,516-meter mountain, if successful, will end his long journey to conquer all 14 of the mountains over 8,000 meters above sea level in the Himalayan region, called “Eight Thousanders.”

Kim had to give up his 10th attempt in 2015 halfway, as a devastating earthquake struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal in April that year, killing about 9,000 people.

Kim has completed scaling the highest peaks on the world’s seven continents, including Lenin Peak (7,134m), Aconcagua (6,962m) and McKinley (6,194m) since 1995, overcoming his physical disadvantages.

Kim’s expedition team plans to leave for Nepal late this month and set up a base camp there around April 10.

–  YONHAP NEWS

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