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  The quest to become the second blind man to summit Everest


Photo Tom West ©EverestNews.com

Gerrard Gosens, an Australian with glaucoma who was born without irises in his eyes, will leave Australia on Friday on his quest to become the second blind man to summit Everest—second only to Erik Weihenmayer a blind man who reached Everest’s peak in May 2001. 

Gosens, 35, was inspired to tackle Everest by a blind friend, Ched Towns, who died of altitude sickness before having the opportunity to climb Everest.  A greater motivator for Gosens’ summit attempt, however, is his seven-year-old daughter who has only four percent of her sight and his desire to communicate to her and other kids that “…there are many opportunities out there.” 

For the past two years, Gosens has been preparing for his climb by become involved in long-distance running events at the Atlanta and Sdney Paralympics.  Also in his preparation for Everest, two years ago Gossens went 6,000 feet up Everest to determine if he would be able to handle the altitude sickness.  Gosens will be part of a climbing team of about 12 and will be assisted by two personal Sherpas and a guide.

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