“Bravery doesn’t mean being fearless. It means to be full of fear but still not being dominated by it.” This means that bravery is having fear, but not letting it stop you from anything. In this essay I will be writing about three climbers who summited Everest with disabilities. Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It rises 29,035 feet or 5.5 miles in the air. When climbing, there are dangers of avalanches, ice, hidden cracks, storms, and crevasses. Erik Weihenmayer, Paul Hockey, and Tom Whittaker summited Everest with disabilities.
Tom Whittaker summited Everest with an amputated leg. He attempted to climb it three times and he never gave up when he was unsuccessful. He didn’t give into fear or anyone telling him he couldn’t do it. On Thanksgiving in 1979, a car crash shattered both of his legs. His right foot and lower leg had to be amputated. He tried three times to summit Everest. On his third attempt he summited Everest in May, 1998. He says that climbing Everest is more of a challenge and more important to him since he is disabled. Tom Whittaker’s current quest is to climb the highest peaks on each continent- the Seven Summits. Tom will never refer to himself as “Walking impaired” because he believes he can be just like everyone…show more content… He also lost both of his parents to cancer. Paul told people that he climbed Everest because he wanted a challenge that was worthy of any regular person, he wanted something “out there.” He traveled to New Zealand to learn the art of mountaineering. His study and training in martial arts taught him to continually challenge himself. Paul summited Everest on Sunday, June 5 of 2005 at 7:42 a.m. Paul Hockey became the first disabled person to climb Mount Everest from the North Side. He didn’t let fear get in his way and he still doesn’t. He continues to push his mental, physical, and spiritual toughness to their absolute