Paul Hockey's Childhood Obstacles

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It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. People can do whatever they want if they give it all they got and believe in theirself whether you're a typical mountain climber or unique. People with disabilities can do anything they put their to, even mountain climbing. Just because they're a little bit unique, doesn't mean they can't do what typical mountain climbers do. Paul Hockey is an amputee. He climbed Everest in 2005. Paul only has one arm but he still drives a motorcycle and has many black belts. Paul climbed Everest because he wanted a real challenge. He never thought he would ever climb, but when he decided, he knew he could do it. He trained for Everest by carrying 25 kilos of books up and down his road, which was a hill, every other day. When he climbed Everest he spent 2 months on the mountain until failing 280 feet from the summit. But he didn't give up. He came back and reached the summit June fifth, 2005. He spent thirty minutes up on the summit. Paul lives by his motto, “Never give up, never ever give up”. Paul Hockey connects to the main idea because he was able to climb even though he has one arm, he knew he could do it. Paul made it to the top and didn't give up. He conquered himself.…show more content…
Erik is blind. He got blind at age 13 trying to fight off retinoschisis, an eye disease. Erik has conquered four other mountains before trying Everest. They are Mount Mckinley, Mount Aconcagua, Mount Vinson and Mount Kilimanjaro. Erik said, “You don't conquer a mountain, you work with it”. Erik also said he'd like to be the first blind person to climb and conquer Everest and he did so May 25, 2001. Erik had a few sherpas along the way. Erik connects with the main idea because Erik is blind and most people wouldn't think he could or would do it, but he did. He knew he could do it, he conquered another four mountains
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