Mountain climbing is a difficult and tiresome endeavor, requiring tenacity, endurance, and strength; but, as one Shandong man continues to prove, it does not require a set of legs.
Sina News has pictures from the latest ascent by the inspiring climber Chen Zhou. This time, Chen chose to climb Jianmen Pass in Sichuan. The pass includes a particularly challenging and narrow section where climbers must ascend at nearly a 90-degree angle.
Chen lost both his legs after falling off a train when he was 13 years old. Later, he earned a living by singing for money on the streets and shining shoes—before deciding to defy his limitations and become a superhuman mountain climber.
Chen has already scaled the Five Sacred Mountains of China. According to the Daily Mail, two years ago he climbed Huashan in Shaanxi, an ascent that took him 19 hours to pull off.
To walk up the thousands upon thousands of stone steps required to summit a Chinese mountain, Chen uses a pair of homemade wooden boxes, each weighing seven pounds. Check out this video by ITN News to see how he pulls it off:
But for the toughest part of his ascent up the Jianmen Pass, Chen could only use the iron chains on either side of the path to pull himself up. As he was nearing the top of the steepest section of the trail, his right hand slipped from the iron chains and he lost his balance. Chen tumbled down flights of stairs and stopped just before reaching the cliff of a large drop.
The ascent took Chen a grueling four hours and ended with applause from onlookers atop one of China’s terrifying see-through walkways. Think about Chen as you wait in the cable car line during your National Day vacation.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Sina]