There are no handicapped-parking zones on Mount Everest. Weihenmayer became the first sightless person to reach the 29,035-ft. (8,850-m) summit. A good athlete, he turned to climbing after losing his sight as a young teenager. The trek required him, with the help of his team, to negotiate ladder bridges over bottomless crevices and ascend a peak that kills even the most able mountaineers.
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